AFRICANGLOBE - Detroit filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history Thursday after steep population and tax base declines sent it tumbling toward insolvency.
AFRICANGLOBE - Dominique Heaggan-Brown, Sylville Smith’s killer and now alleged rapist, faces up to 40 years in prison and 100,000 dollars in fines. “In addition to the assault charges, Heaggan-Brown has also been charged with two counts of prostitution, a misdemeanor, and a felony count of taking a nude photo of someone without their consent.” He pleaded not guilty in court Thursday, to the misdemeanors, and has been suspended with pay, even though he has also been charged internally by police for having violated the department’s code of conduct.
AFRICANGLOBE - Although many people are not aware of it, Henry T. Sampson is an African American inventor, best known for creating the world's very first cell phone. "On July 6, 1971, he was awarded a patent, with George H. Miley, for a gamma-electrical cell, a device that produces a high voltage from radiation sources, primarily gamma radiation, with proposed goals of generating auxiliary power from the shielding of a nuclear reactor." On April 3, 1973, using the patented technology they created, Motorola engineer Marty Cooper placed the first public call from a cell phone, a real handheld portable cell phone.
AFRICANGLOBE - Darius Miles, a former player for the L.A. Clippers star, has filed for bankruptcy. The 6 ft 9 in professional basketball player was the 3rd overall pick in the 2000 NBA draft and played for the Los Angeles Clippers. His nine-year contract earned him $62 million, but now it's gone. It's hard to comprehend $62 million gone so quickly. What happened?
AFRICANGOBE - Africa may be full of democratically governed countries, but it is still the land of many kings. Being a traditional monarch in Africa can be a lucrative affair. A significant number of these rulers are formally recognized by state institutions and as a consequence, many of them receive generous stipends and allowances from the government.
AFRICANGLOBE - The long history of African American film is almost a national secret. Oscar Micheaux has been the most astonishing early independent Black filmmaker, renown for his great contributions to a film genre that was termed race films. He has wrote, directed, produced and distributed forty-four films between 1918 and 1948. Twenty-four of these films were feature length. His last feature film was 'Betrayal," released in 1948.
AFRICANGLOBE - Ethiopia's security forces said Sunday that they have killed the leader of a "terror" cell in the southwestern Gambella region, which borders South Sudan. American citizen Omot Odol Ojulu, who was on the country's most wanted list..
AFRICANGLOBE - Phillip White, of Cumberland County NJ, died recently in custody after being beaten in the street by two Vineland police officers. Police were arresting White at a home on the 100 block of Grape Street when witnesses say the officers proceeded to beat him brutally after he was already restrained and on the ground.