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Lawyers Call White Man's Display Of Noose With Black Doll On His Yard Free Speech

Lawyers for a man jailed for hanging a black life-sized dummy on his front yard by a noose are defending his actions to the Virginia Supreme Court as free speech.

The lawyers for Jack Eugene Turner of Rocky Mount, Va. faced the court Wednesday (Jan. 10) about the 2015 incident where he was charged with a felony and sentenced to six months in jail. The felony in question is a violation of a state law passed in 2009 which prohibits displaying a noose in a public space. Turner is the first person in the state to be convicted of the noose statue. Defense attorney Holland Perdue has questioned the legal language of the law.

On June 17, 2005,  Turner suspended a life-sized black doll by a noose in his front yard in a conflict with neighbor John Mitchell and his family, who are black. He also hung a Confederate flag in a window facing Michell's home after the noose and doll were confiscated. The Roanoke Times reports things only got worse for Mitchell and his family. During the time of the trial and the sentencing, Turner was arrested for violating his bond when he displayed the sign, “Black ni**ers lives don’t matter. Got rope?”

“If he can hang a noose, I don’t know what’s going to happen. I fear for my family’s safety,” Mitchell said at the time of the trial. “Every morning, I walk out my door. Is somebody going to shoot me in the back?”

But Turner's lawyers have defended his actions, claiming his free speech rights were violated. Because the noose and the doll were hung on his private property and not on public property, Perdue says Turner is protected by the First Amendment. Last year, Turner's case was upheld after Judge Robert Humphreys explained while racist ideology is free speech, the act of intimidation isn't.

“The evidence was sufficient to support the circuit court’s conclusion that the offense occurred in a public place,” Humphreys wrote. "The First Amendment protects Turner’s right to be a racist and even to convey his racist beliefs to others..[but] constitutional limit to that allowance has been reached when an idea becomes a threat that causes reasonable people to fear leaving their homes.”

At the time of his appeal case Turner penned a letter to the outlet, apologizing for his behavior. “I would like to apologize to all Roanoke to Christiansburg and surrounding area African-Americans for my senseless and cruel actions."

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13-Year-Old Texas Girl Dies After Being Jumped After School

A 13-year-old Texas girl was placed on life support after being jumped by three teenage girls last week, and the New York Daily News confirms the teen died.

Kashala Francis was walking home from Attucks Middle School Thursday (April 18) when she was jumped by two girls and kicked in the head by another. Cellphone recording of the incident shows the attackers laughing.

The girl's mother Mamie Jackson told reporters that Kashala came home with a bruise on her face, told her what happened but insisted she was fine. However, things quickly got worse.

That following Saturday, Jackson says Kashala went to a family member's house and was told she became delusional but was able to gather her bearings. On Sunday (April 21) Kashala called her mother and complained she felt weak and had a painful headache before lying down.

Jackson said soon after she called the ambulance because Kashala was unconscious. While at Texas Children's Hospital, it was discovered she had a tumor in the back of her head and had fluid buildup in her brain.

On Wednesday morning (April 24) Kashala died. Pending an autopsy, it's unclear if the young girl had the tumor prior to the fight, or if being kicked in the head caused the tumor, which resulted in her death. Until the autopsy can make the distinction, the case is being investigated as a homicide.

In an emailed stated to The Daily News, the school district stated it's offering students access to grief counselors.

"[The district] is deeply saddened to learn of the death of one of our students. We extend our sincere condolences to the student’s family, friends, teachers, and classmates."

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Blac Chyna Will Be Taking Harvard University Business Courses

It looks like Blac Chyna is taking her business goals very seriously, and will be continuing her schooling online at one of the country's most prestigious universities.

Per TMZ, Chyna has been admitted to online business courses at Harvard University. Her acceptance letter was sent to her on Monday (April 22), and she will be enrolled in a program called "Business Analytics."

Per Harvard's website, the course's curriculum "explores current topics in business analytics, such as quantitative methods, business and financial statistics, emerging ideas and technologies, big data, and data visualization." She will also reportedly "develop and test hypotheses, craft sound survey questions and draw conclusions from population samples."

"Where I'm at now is a stage of realization and growth!" Chyna told the gossip site about her new chapter. "I want to be great for myself and my kids. School is going to help me take things up a couple of notches. People are always talking about me, might as well talk about the good. I'm excited for the next chapter."

Earlier this week, Chyna wrote a lengthy statement on Instagram regarding change and growth.

"Blac Chyna doesn’t define Angela White as a person,” she wrote. “At 30, I am overwhelmed with the blessings I have. Being A mother of two amazing children. I don’t talk on things often, but I promise to give you guys more of me. Angela White perspective.”

Congrats to Ms. White on her exciting and challenging new chapter.

 

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Whitney Houston's Friend Robyn Crawford To 'Set Record Straight' About Relationship In Memoir

Whitney Houston's lifelong friend, assistant and rumored love interest Robyn Crawford will reportedly "set the record straight" about her relationship with the late singer in a tell-all memoir.

According to PEOPLE, A Song for You: My Life with Whitney Houston will be released in the fall. Crawford, who was friends with Houston since they were children growing up in Newark, N.J., has rarely spoken about her relationship with the superstar.

"In A Song for You, Crawford, who served as Houston’s longtime confidante and executive assistant,'breaks her silence to share the moving and often complicated story of her life and relationship with Whitney,'" the publication writes.

It was believed that Houston and Crawford were in a secret romantic relationship. It was touched upon in the recently-released documentary Whitney, which Robyn did not participate in. It was discussed that Houston's family did not like the bond that the two had.

"I’ve never seen them do anything but I know that she was something that I didn’t want my sister to be involved with," Whitney's brother Gary stated in the documentary. Whitney decided to part ways with Robyn in the '90s, after she married Bobby Brown, and they did not talk for a long time.

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