Emmy-nominated actress Niecy Nash will take the stage at the BET’s 2019 Black Girls Rock! Awards as host. The celebration will tape on August 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ and will have its broadcast premiere on September 8 on BET.
According to reports, The star-studded lineup of celebrants and attendees that are more than appropriate for the title of the awards show. The roster includes Golden Globe winner and Oscar-nominated actress, director, and producer Angela Bassett, the recipient of this year’s Icon Award as well as Oscar, Golden Globe, and Emmy-winning actress and director Regina King who will be honored with the Star Power Award. Other honorees include Grammy Award winner Ciara (Rock Star Award), industry trailblazer Debra Martin Chase (Shot Caller Award) as well as Grammy-winning musician H.E.R. (Young Gifted and Black Award), and activists The Mothers of The Movement Sybrina Fulton, Geneva Reed Veal, Gwen Carr, Lucy McBath, Maria Hamilton and Cleopatra Pendleton-Cowley (Community Change Agent Award).
Pantaleo, who has been with the NYPD since 2006, was suspended as soon as that departmental verdict was reached, in keeping with long-standing practice when there is a recommendation for firing. The 13-year veteran had been on desk duty as his case made its way through legal and administrative circles.
“It is clear that Daniel Pantaleo can no longer effectively serve as a New York City police officer,” O’Neill announced.
“There are absolutely no victors here today, not the Garner family, not the community at large and certainly not the courageous men and women of the police department who put their own lives on the line every single day in service to people of this great city.”
Emerald Snipes Garner, one of Eric Garner’s daughter, thanked the family’s supporters and O’Neill for his decision on Monday.
“Commissioner O’Neill, I thank you for doing the right thing,” she told reporters during a press conference at the Harlem headquarters of the National Action Network. “I truly, sincerely thank you for firing the officer, regardless to however you came up to your decision. You finally made the decision that should’ve been made by five years ago.”
Garner’s loved ones and NAN’s founder, the Rev. Al Sharpton, who is also an MSNBC host, said they’ll push lawmakers to make the chokehold illegal, and not just a violation of any individual department’s internal policy.
“We can’t talk about what happened in the past,” Emerald Snipes Garner said. “We can only talk about what we’re gonna do to move forward.”
And while O’Neill said he found fault in Garner’s actions, Emerald Snipes Garner said she had a different take: “When I watch the video, I see my father being killed.”
Pantaleo’s termination seemed to be in the cards for weeks.
Garner died exactly five years ago during an arrest for allegedly selling illegal cigarettes on Staten Island, after police officers knocked him to the ground and put him in a chokehold. His death ignited demonstrations nationwide, and his dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry in protests against police violence.
Federal prosecutors said on Tuesday that evidence does not prove the officers willfully violated Garner’s civil rights. His daughter and mother gave emotional responses to the decision soon after – and in an interview with “CBS This Morning” Wednesday, Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, slammed the Department of Justice and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio for failing to hold the officers accountable.
A day after the DOJ’s decision, Carr said that the wound is still fresh – especially because July 17 is the fifth anniversary of Garner’s death. “It’s still insult to injury that they’re not going forward with charges, saying that the bar was too high to bring charges against them,” Carr said.
It’s still possible that Police Commissioner James O’Neill could pursue disciplinary actions against the officer, Daniel Pantaleo – and Carr said she hasn’t yet given up hope.
“I’m just hoping Commissioner O’Neill does the right thing,” she said. “We’ve been failed by every other source: the de Blasio administration has blocked us up until this point – so I want the de Blasio administration to step up. Because he can fire the officer at any time.”
If Pantaleo is fired, Carr said, it will give her some closure – but it won’t bring her son back. “It won’t be justice for Eric, because Eric is gone,” she said. “There is no justice for Eric.”
So far, not a single officer on the scene that day has been disciplined.
Carr also slammed federal prosecutors for allegedly leaking information about their decision before meeting with Garner’s family. “We didn’t find out until the afternoon on Monday that they wanted to speak with the family – so now, they say they want to speak with the family, and then afterwards, have a press conference,” Carr said. The family thought they were going to get “positive” news – but while they were waiting to speak with prosecutors, she added, they found out about the DOJ’s decision on social media.
“The whole world heard the decision before we did,” she said. “The whole world.”
Federal prosecutors have declined to file civil rights charges against NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the chokehold death of Eric Garner.
According to reports, The U.S. Department of Justice will not file charges against the NYPD officer accused of using a deadly chokehold on Eric Garner, whose final words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the national Black Lives Matter movement, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.
U.S. Attorney General William Barr made the final decision, a senior official said, adopting the recommendation of prosecutors in Brooklyn. Lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, however, had a different view of the case and believed charges could have been pursued, according to two officials.
“Everyone agrees the incident should not have ended with Garner’s death,” the senior official said, but added that relevant law requires proof that the officer acted “willfully,” which requires an analysis of the cop’s state of mind.
Under Supreme Court cases, that means it has to be more than a mistake or a momentary lapse of judgement — and after watching Garner’s dying video “countless times,” the senior official says, “We concluded that the evidence was not convincing that the officer acted willfully.”
On June 17, 2015, tragedy struck the nation when a white supremacist gunman took the lives of members of the Emanuel A.M.E. church. Click Here if you missed that.
In the documentary Emanuel executive produced by Steph Curry’s Unanimous Media, Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions and Mariska Hargitay, director Brian Ivie shed light on the events and highlights the power of forgiveness.
In the new trailer we see witnesses, survivors and family members affected by the events in the Charleston, SC share their stories. The documentary also examines how faith, hope and forgiveness healed a community after the church shooting. It also weaves the history of race relations in Charleston, the significance and impact of Mother Emanuel Church, and the hope that somehow emerges in the aftermath
“The documentary highlights how a horrible tragedy can bring a community together, and spreads an important message about the power of forgiveness,” said Curry. “Stories like this are the reason we created Unanimous and entered the entertainment space. I hope the film inspires others like it does me.”