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Death Row Inmate Granted An Appeal After Juror Questions "If Black People Even Have Souls"

The white juror who made the statement said his study of the Bible led him to believe this about black people.

The Supreme Court is giving a man on death row a second chance after it was revealed a juror's racist commentary may have played a part in his conviction and sentencing.

On Monday, (Jan. 8) the Justices ruled 6-3 that Atlanta's Federal appeals court should re-examine the case against Keith Leroy Tharpe who was found guilty of murdering his sister-in-law, and sentenced to death in 1991.

According to the New York Daily News, the appeal comes from interviews Tharpe's legal team conducted in 1998 with a white juror named Barney Gattie.  Reportedly, Gattie used racial slurs when describing Tharpe, and alleged his knowledge of the Bible led him to wonder “if black people even have souls.” Gattie signed an affidavit, although he testified he ruled in favor of Tharpe's conviction due to the evidence.

Justice Clarence Thomas wasn't in favor of the ruling and stated despite the language used by Gattie, who is now deceased, Tharpe will lose his appeal. However, the other justices who ruled in favor of a Tharpe said Gattie's language shows "Tharpe’s race affected Gattie’s vote for a death verdict.”

Thomas says the appeal delays justice for Jacquelin Freeman, "the black woman who was brutally murdered by Tharpe 27 years ago.”

Tharpe's wife took their four daughters and left him in August of 1990. Reportedly, while Tharpe's wife and sister were in a car, Tharpe blocked them on the road in the truck he was driving. Armed with a gun, a dispute ensued and Tharpe fatally shot Freeman.

Tharpe was found guilty and sentenced three months later.

 

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'Black Panther' Sequel Gets A 2022 Release Date

Chadwick Boseman and company are set to return to Wakanda for a second installment of the blockbuster action film Black Panther.

Director Ryan Coogler made the announcement Saturday (Aug. 24)  at D23 in Anaheim, California. Kevin Feige, Marvel's president, said Coogler provided a treatment with a new villain and title but nothing is set in stone.

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The May 2022 sequel of Black Panther is the farthest release date for any of the Marvel franchises. Thor: Love and Thunder is set for a Nov. 5, 2021 release date, while an as-yet-untitled Marvel film will make its way to theaters July 29, 2022.

Black Panther premiered in the U.S. in February 2018 and instantly became a massive success earning $700 million in the box office, and $1.3 billion globally. The earnings made the film Marvel's second-highest-grossing film of all time domestically. Avengers: Endgame, however, holds the title.

The film was not only an economic cultural success with its leading black cast, which included Boseman in the principle role starring alongside Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong'o, Angela Bassett, Danai Gurira, Forrest Whitaker and Letitia Wright who played loveable and brilliant Princess Shuri.

May 2022 can't get here fast enough, but until then we'll just rewatch Black Panther every day until then.

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Tee Grizzley Commemorates Aunt Who Was Fatally Shot In Detroit

On Tuesday (Aug. 20), Tee Grizzley’s aunt, Jobina “JB” Brown, was fatally shot in Detroit, Michigan. Brown and the rapper, who she managed, were riding in a Chrysler together at the time of the attack. Two other men were also in the car, ages 25 and 34, when their vehicle came to a stop and bullets from an unknown direction began.

Upon arrival at the hospital, Brown, 41, was pronounced dead. Recently, Grizzley took to Instagram to commemorate his aunt. “Since I was 12 we been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me????” he wrote. “Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much.”

The Wayne County Medical Examiner ruled Brown’s death as a homicide, The Detroit News reports. An investigation by Detroit Police Department’s Homicide Unit is currently underway as the search for the suspect continues.

 

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Since I was 12 We been going everywhere together how you gone go to heaven without me???? Idek what to say JB I just wanted to show the world yo smile I love you so much 💔

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Jeezy Test Drives Job As Meteorologist On The Weather Channel

In promotion of his latest studio album, TM104: Legend Of The Snowman, the Atlanta native took to The Weather Channel in his hometown to give viewers the prognosis for the week. Since climate change is ramping up day by day, Jeezy didn’t hesitate when he saw the forecast predicted a chance of snow everyday.

The weather man recently debuted the aforementioned album to fanfare. In recent interviews, he mentioned this is his last album with Def Jam and rounds out his Thug Motivation series which began in 2005.

TM104 features CeeLo Green, Queen Naija, Meek Mill, Ty Dolla $ign, Gunna, Rick Ross and more. “All the records that I did, even the ones that didn’t make the album, they were all true to me,” he said to Billboard. “It’s what true thug motivation means. Just like everything that I’ve done, I put my heart into it like it was my first album. Like it was my first ad-lib. Like it was my first rodeo.”

Is it supposed to snow in Atlanta tonight? That's what Meteorologist @Jeezy says… ⛄ pic.twitter.com/UyrqV76DLO

— The Weather Channel (@weatherchannel) August 23, 2019

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