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Tracia Yvonne Hubbard, 48 (Photo Credit: Bibb County Law Enforcement Center)

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Tracia Yvonne Hubbard, 48 (Photo credit: Bibb County Law Enforcement Center)

Scandal and a senseless killing have rocked the city of Macon, Georgia, and the family of the late Otis Redding. Brandon Parker, 33, the grandson of Redding, was shot by his girlfriend Tracia Yvonne Hubbard, 48.

The incident allegedly started at the popular Tic Toc Room restaurant in downtown Macon where the couple engaged in a loud and public argument. Anonymous sources have stated that the fight had to do with Parker getting ready to receive his first church and when were they going to get married. Parker was set to take over as pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Macon. His grandfather, Rev. Jacob Parker, had recently retired after 49 years of service and the church was making official preparations for a change in leadership.

Brandon Parker ( Photo Credit: Twitter account/@bman474)

Brandon Parker ( Photo credit; Twitter account/@bman474)

The couple was reportedly arguing at Hubbard’s home later that night around 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning. It was then, according to police, that Hubbard exited the house, went to her car and retrieved a .380-caliber revolver. She then went back into the home and shot Parker in the neck and he stumbled outside. When Bibb County investigators arrived, Hubbard was attempting CPR, but Parker was dead. Hubbard was arrested for murder and is being held at the Bibb County Law Enforcement Center without bond.

A family member reported a troubled relationship where it is alleged that Hubbard may have been the victim of domestic abuse. Hubbard’s niece, Joslyn Clayton, is quoted as saying, “There was actually a history of domestic abuse that a lot of people didn’t know about. She had broken bones and was on crutches a couple of months ago after he pushed her off a porch.”

Police, however, have no records of abuse from either Parker or Hubbard and some were surprised at the allegations. Some have described Hubbard, who was 15 years older than Parker, as a “cougar” who was preying on a younger man. When it became obvious that Parker was going to become the leader of a church, she wanted to be the first lady. But some are saying that Parker did not want to marry Hubbard and the relationship reached a boiling point that resulted in tragedy.

Robert F. Smith is the CEO and founder of private equity firm Vista Equity Partners.  The billionaire was just on the cover of Forbes’ richest Americans issue.

The 52-year-old worked tirelessly to create a $2.5 billion fortune – landing him at No. 268 spot on the list of the richest Americans. Coming in as the second richest African-American after Oprah Winfrey.  He’s even created more capital that Michael Jordan!

Smith started as an intern at Bell Labs and eventually made his way to one of the leading investment banking companies, Goldman Sachs – but not without a fight. Read his full story here.

Watch the video below to find out more about some of America’s newest billionaires.

45th Annual Legislative Conference Congressional Black Caucus

by LAUREN BURKE

Co-Founder of Black Lives Matter Alicia Garza serves as a panelist for the National Town Hall: 'Black Lives Matter' discussion at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on September 17, 2015 in Washington, DC.Earl Gibson III / Getty Images

Alicia Garza, one of the founders of Black LIves Matter, will be the guest of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) at President Obama's last State of the Union address on Tuesday. Garza is a constituent of Rep. Lee's. The Congresswoman is active on issues of poverty, civil rights and education.

"Looking forward to welcoming #BlackLivesMatter co-creator, @aliciagarza, as my #SOTU guest. She's a powerful voice for justice and reform," tweeted Rep. Lee on Friday.

Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi began the Black Lives Matter movement in 2013 after George Zimmerman was acquitted of killing Trayvon Martin.

There will be other interesting guests in the visitors galleries on the night of the State of the Union. First lady Michelle Obama will have an empty seat next to her as a statement on gun violence.

Over the weekend a White House official told NBCBLK on background that President Obama's final State of the Union will "represent the progress we have made since the President first delivered this speech seven years ago - from the brink of a second Great Depression and two costly wars to an economy that is growing and renewed American leadership abroad."

The President's box will include people he met in 2007 and 2008 while running for office. Two of the President's guests who will be seated in the First Lady's box will be Edith Childs and Earl Smith. Childs is a Greenwood County, South Carolina Councilmember who is famous for the Obama campaign chant "Fired up! Ready to go!"

Obama Campaigns Throughout South Carolina Ahead Of Democratic Primary
Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) laughs as local county council woman Edith Childs fires up the crowd for him at a campaign rally at Lander University January 22, 2008 in Greenwood, South Carolina. The enthusiastic Childs gave Obama his unofficial campaign slogan "Fired up! . . . Ready to go!" during an early visit to the rural, remote county. Obama is campaigning through the state ahead of its Democratic primary on January 26. Chris Hondros / Getty Images

Smith is a Vietnam veteran who met President Obama in a hotel elevator in 2008 and gave the then-Senator a military patch he had worn serving with an artillery brigade in Vietnam.

The President's guests will "personify President Obama's time in office." 

Meeting Called as Negro Whisperers Predictably Losing Their Jobs as Obama’s Clock Winds Down
January 15 14:36 2016 Print This Article

by Yvette Carnell

Most of what is considered “black media” in the 21st century isn’t published on platforms owned by black people. As I’ve reiterated any number of times, this puts black pundits, many of whom functioned more as Obama’s spokespeople rather than independent commentators beginning in 2008, in a precarious situation.

When Obama was elected, networks scrambled to hire their own race explainers to interpret “blackness” for their mostly white audiences. This entire enterprise can probably be laid at the feet of Booker T. Washington, and since then, becoming a racial spokesperson, or Negro whisperer, has provided a venue for blacks handpicked by corporate networks to behave as if they’ve fastened their tentacles secure within what can only be interpreted as some top secret hive mind existing deep within the black community.

There is no black community, of course, only black communities, each with its own agenda items and priorities. Complexity doesn’t make for a good sound bites, though. With a black man in the White House, the sure money was on race explainers who would interpret for white viewers what Obama and his black supporters were smoke signaling.

With Obama on his way out now, so are his black media functionaries. We’ve seen Toure, Joy-Ann Reid, and Goldie Taylor all removed from MSNBC. And Rev. Al Sharpton’s daily 6pm show was moved to one time a week on Sunday at 8am. Even black journalists are being shown the door. Although this was all both predictable, black media types are ringing the alarm bells, according to Amsterdam News:

The rumor mill is also abuzz with strong rumors that nationally renowned Tom Joyner may shortly be ending his tenure with Radio One. According to some reports, Joyner, whose daily morning show attracts millions of listeners, will end its syndication coinciding with President Barack Obama’s last year in office.

Reports such as these and the growing absence of these well-known and well respected names is sending shockwaves through the nation. Here in New York, plans are underway to address and confront the issue. Following a recent meeting at the headquarters of National Action Network between Sharpton and Lloyd Williams, president of the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, they decided something must be done about the situation. With that in mind, they are calling for a meeting to address the increasingly troubling disappearance of Black talk shows, personalities and reporters in the media. Sharpton and Williams stated, “Deon Levingston no longer at Emmis is something we must take seriously because of its overall national ramifications. If we are concerned about the future of Black media here and across the nation, we must speak up now before the situation continues to worsen.”

Although the purge of black journalists did not begin with the Obama administration, the election of the first black president did provide a temporary reprieve for them. That’s over now.

Be careful when you Uber ladies! A Georgia Uber driver, John Kamens, dropped off his passenger and came back later – breaking into the her home and raping her.

The woman called police about her attack and soon after Kamens was arrested.  Uber told police that Kamens was permanently banned from using their service, and their thoughts and prayers are with the victim.
The man was charged with aggravated sodomy and first degree burglary.

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