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Author: AishaAdams

They Call it Murder: The Felony Murder Rule

They didn’t have guns when they tried to pull off a carjacking at the King City Food Mart on Warrior Road just before 10:00 pm on January 3, 2018. The twins, Kenneth and Elie Miller, should have known better than to try to take someone else’s car… just as Jordon Johnson and Reynold “Ray Ray” Bonner III had no business trying to rob a man at “Lambs”, a food mart on the west side of Birmingham.   Kenneth and Elie were only 18 when they snuck up on opposite sides of the already running car; they couldn’t have expected...

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3 Secrets About My Marriage

Raf and I got married at the Asheville City Jail precisely four years ago today. You’d think that as much as I write about social injustice and champion for untraditional police reform I would have said “No”, but I just figured with us being citizens, paying our taxes and all that the magistrate works for us. While I know it is not always that cut and dry for all black people, that magistrate that day, whatever his name was, served us. Truthfully, I would have married Raf anywhere short of the sunken place, and let our wedding be proof...

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Kings Speak: Black Men Respond to “Me Too” Campaign

Have you seen the “Me Too” campaign? The other day, actress Alyssa Milano tweeted, ”If all the women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted wrote ‘Me Too’ as a status, we might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem.” Not only did victims of sexual harassment and assault post “Me Too” as their status, but they also posted their stories. Some went as far as to name their accused. These statuses flooded the Facebook and Twitter feeds giving life to the statistic 1 in 5 women have been sexually assaulted. While Alyssa’s status spoke directly...

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Behind When Loves Kills: Meet The Real Falicia Blakely

Have you seen TV One’s Original Movie When Love Kills: The Falicia Blakely Story? I know I am usually tardy to the party, but I had to catch this one. First, it was Tasha Smith’s director feature debut. I’ve been a fan of hers since Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married? Second, I wanted to see Lil Mama win. I had seen some random interview a while back where she talked about taking acting seriously. I could hear the hunger in her voice, and so I wanted to support her. Finally, It was the true story of Falicia...

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Kings Speak: 12 Black Men Discuss How To Pop the HIV/AIDS Question

  Have you ever had to pop the HIV/AIDS question? I don’t know how many times I’ve been asked about my HIV status, but I can honestly say not enough. My husband and I got tested early in our relationship, it pulled us closer together, and led to freakier sex. Knowing your significant other’s status is comforting, and I swear it automatically makes your organisms 10x better. The HIV/AIDS Talk isn’t the easiest to have, even if you are negative. When do you ask? Does it kill the mood? How does asking make the other person feel? I mean...

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