Vigil Set For Atlanta College Student Killed By Drunk Driver

“Till the day I die, it will still be a pain,” her father, Marvin Segars said.

Family, friends and supporters of an ambitious Georgia college student killed by a drunk driver will hold a vigil this week in her honor.

Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports the memorial will be held Wednesday (Oct. 24) at Decatur High School, 18-year-old Kennedy Segars' former high school. The Alabama State University student died last weekend when she was killed in a car accident caused by suspected drunk driver Reginald Stubbs. The 52-year-old was driving at a reported 70mph when he crashed in Segars' car, causing it to flip several times into an embankment. Stubbs, who hit three other cars, survived the crash. Doctors were unable to revive the teen due to severe brain damage.

Stubbs refused to take a drug & alcohol test at the scene according to 11Alive but was subsequently charged with vehicular homicide, driving under the influence, following too closely and serious injury by vehicle. He later confessed to drinking at a Ruby Tuesday’s during the University of Georgia game of the same night (Oct. 13), telling told local authorities he took a shot every time the team scored points on top of consuming three beers and three margaritas.

Segars was visiting her parents to celebrate her mother's birthday. On Friday (Oct. 19), family and friends filled a Georgia courtroom hoping that the judge would not grant bond to the man who was behind the wheel of the car.

Marvin Segars, Kennedy's dad, spoke to the NBC-affiliate station after the court hearing saying, “My daughter was very special. She was very strong, very determined, she was just a grinder, and for this man to take my daughter and try to even get a bond, it’s just crazy.”

Fallon Barns, the best friend of Segars, wants hopes Stubbs will pay for the reckless crime.

“I hope and I pray that the man responsible for this, he pays for it," said Barns. "On October 13th, that man took my best friend away from me, my sister! So, I want justice for Kennedy, and I hope and pray that everyone out there that knows her and is familiar how beautiful of a soul she is, is able to use this as motivation because that’s what she would want everyone else to do.”

Arlethea Williams, principal of Kennedy’s high school, also had nothing but positive memories about the teen.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our recent graduates, Kennedy Segars,” she wrote. "Kennedy brought tremendous joy to students and staff alike. We are all better people as a result of knowing her. Kennedy’s passing has left an indescribable hole in our hearts, and she will be sorely missed."

The judge ultimately decided to delay the bond due to the emotionally-charged environment. A date has yet to be set according to the AJC.

The vigil will begin at 6:30 pm. "We look forward to seeing Kennedy's friends, teachers and the Decatur community who she loved so much,” Kennedy's mother, Quavada Moreland said in a release.

An online fundraiser for Segars’ funeral expenses, with a goal set at $10,000, raised more than $5,800 as of Tuesday afternoon.

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Lauren London Debuts The Marathon Clothing x Puma Collection

The Marathon Clothing and PUMA are teaming up once again. The brands will be collaborating in honor of the late Nipsey Hussle. His wife, Lauren London, debuted the Marathon Clothing x Puma’s “Hussle and Motivate” collection on social media on Thursday (Jan. 23).

London is featured in the line's campaign shoot with Hussle's close friends, YG, J. Stone, and Pacman Da Gunman. Per a press release: "After first releasing in September 2019, PUMA will re-issue key pieces from the collection for fans and supporters including co-branded tracksuits and t-shirts featuring checkered patterns and TMC motifs, as well as PUMA’s signature California sneakers in black and white iterations."

 

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Another image from the clothing collaboration shows London wearing a white sweatshirt with a message that reads, “We (The Marathon Clothing) honor the unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”

A portion of the net proceeds from PUMA’s sales of the PUMA x TMC Collection will go directly to the Neighborhood “Nip” Foundation. Beginning February 1st, the collection will be available again in select retailers and on PUMA's official website.

 

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London previously linked with Puma for a viral video campaign paying tribute to her longtime love. Hustle, whose Victory Lap recently went platinum, will be celebrated at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards with a tribute featuring YG, Roddy Ricch, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled, and John Legend.

The 2020 Grammy Awards will air on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.

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Lil Wayne Reveals Release Date For ‘Funeral’ Album

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“Welcome to the funeral, closed casket as usual,” Tunechi says in the album teaser. The Grammy winner also tweeted a link for fans to pre-order physical and digital copies of the album as a CD, vinyl or “digital cassette.” The online shop features album merchandise, including long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and beanies.

In a recent interview with VIBE, Lil Wayne said that even though his recording process has drastically changed since his prolific mixtape days, he still finds enjoyment in going to the studio to create.

“I love the difficulty of trying to fit in with what’s going on today, making sure I sound likable to the ears today and having to remind myself that it’s not about what it was back then. Going to the studio now, for me, is awesome. I used to go to that muf***a and do 12 songs a night. Cut a beat on, I’m going to go and you let me know when to stop,” Wayne said.

“...I can’t wait to get in the studio now every night, just to see what I can come up with. [Before] it was just me going to the studio and saying, let me kill ten more songs and then I’m going to go home or do whatever I was doing. Now, it’s let me see what I come up with. Self-discovery, rebirth – call it whatever you want to call it but it feels awesome, I swear to God.”

The New Orleans native’s last studio LP, Tha Carter V, dropped in 2018 after years of delays. In 2019, the 37-year-old rapper embarked on a joint summer tour with Blink-182, but the jaunt was marred by difficulty as Wayne walked off stage during one show and threatened to quit. He changed his mind hours later.

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“African Americans have remained considerably overrepresented among the homeless population compared to the U.S. population,” the report states. “African Americans accounted for 40% of all people experiencing homelessness in 2019 and 52% of people experiencing homelessness as members of families with children.

“In contrast, 48% of all people experiencing homelessness were white, compared with 77% of the U.S. population.” People identifying as Hispanic or Latino are bout “22% of the homeless population but only 18% of the populations overall.”

As of 2019, the U.S. homeless population swelled to 568,000, an increase of about 10,000 from the previous year. In 2019, Roughly 35,000 of those experiencing unaccompanied homelessness were under the age of 25, a 4% decrease from 2018. The number of those experiencing chronic homelessness increased by 9% between 2018 and 2019.

A staggering 52% of black families experience homelessness, compared to 35% for white families.

The goal of the report is to “demonstrate continued progress toward ending homelessness, but also a need to re-calibrate policy to make future efforts more effective and aligned with the unique needs of different communities.”

HUD, which is has been releasing the annual housing stats since 2007, shows a 3% bump in the number of those experiencing homelessness on any given night, a 16% increase in California, and a “decrease” in other states. California accounts for 53% (108,432 people) off all unsheltered homeless people in the country. Despite being only twice as large as Florida, California’s homeless population is nine times that of the Sunshine State, which came in at a distant second place with 6% (12,476 people). New York, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington have the highest rates of homelessness per 10,000 people.

Numerous variables come into play when determining the origin of the black homeless epidemic due to a longstanding system of oppression in housing, and beyond. Black families are twice as  likely to experience poverty in the U.S., compared to white families; and in spite of laws against open discrimination, black renters face overt and covert financial and racial prejudice, in addition to gentrification and the racial pay gap.

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