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Girlfriend Of Unarmed Black Man Killed By Ohio Cops Dies In Car Wreck

January 2, 2015 in News by Latifah Muhammad

In a strange and tragic twist of events, the girlfriend of John Crawford III, the 22-year-old unarmed Black man killed by Ohio cops inside a Wal-Mart last year, died in a car accident on New Year’s Day.

Tasha Thomas died along with the male driver of the car that she was riding in yesterday. The driver was reportedly speeding when the vehicle collided with a pole. Both victims were thrown from the vehicle.

According to witness Joe Lewis, Thomas was still breathing moments after the wreck. “I tried to use a towel to cover her up but the police and the ambulance were already there,” he said.

She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, Sgt. Creige Coleman confirmed, while praising first responders for their efforts. “They did a great job at trying to save that person, but we were later told that that person did pass away at the hospital,” he announced calling the fatal incident a “delicate” and “very troubling” scene.

Thomas, 26, was subjected to an unrelenting interrogation by police after Crawford’s death last August. Authorities threatened to throw her in jail if she didn’t give up information on where Crawford got the toy gun he was brandishing inside the store. Thomas repeatedly denied any knowledge of how he got the weapon. She was questioned for over an hour, all while bawling crying, before she was finally told that Crawford had been killed.

Crawford’s death came after officers responded to a call about a man carrying an unconcealed weapon in the store, even though it’s legal to carry firearms in the state of Ohio.

Though the cops who killed Crawford did not face criminal charges, the family filed a lawsuit against Ohio police and Wal-Mart.

Photo: Screenshot

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Ohio Cop Hopeful Quits Job After Saying Blacks Should Be “Exterminated”

December 22, 2014 in News by D.L. Chandler

Aaron McNamara, a volunteer Ohio police officer, resigned from the force after some of his racist comments on social media went public. McNamara called for Blacks to be “exterminated” and was also bigoted towards other minorities and gay persons.

McNamara, 20, was an auxiliary officer with the Fairview Park Police Department. He worked in the support role as he was completing his college degree ahead of joining the force in a full-time role. McNamara’s online activity was investigated and made public, revealing a nasty string of slurs and threats against people of color.

“Abolishing slavery was the worst thing we could have done. These people should be exterminated.. Unbelievable,” were one of the many comments McNamara made over the past two years on YouTube videos. This particular comment came in February of this year.

ABC Newsnet 5 printed McNamara’s resignation letter on its website:

The comments I made in those particular videos were a product of my youth and immaturity; by no means am I a prejudice individual. I am an advocate for equality, and I am highly disappointed in myself for the statements I had previously made. I cannot recollect the most recent comment I was accused of making in February 2014, but I am not denying the claim.

As a volunteer officer, McNamara couldn’t make arrests or traffic stops. He mostly assisted with traffic control, service calls and locking up local parks. McNamara elected to resign after meeting with Fairview Park officials. A lietuenant from the department said that McNamara never displayed behavior of the sort while on the job.

[The Cleveland Scene]

Photo: Fairview Park Police Department

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Hi-Tek ft. Bow Wow, Krayzie Bone & Bootsy Collins – “Ohio Players” [VIDEO]

November 28, 2014 in News by Alvin Aqua Blanco

Cincinnati native Hi-Tek of Reflection Eternal fame resurfaces to drop “Ohio Players,” featuring Bow Wow, Krayzie Bone and Bootsie Collins.

Was Stalley not available, though? Cam’Ron on the remix?

Watch the video for “Ohio Players” below.

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Hodgie ft. Rashad & Lantana – “Middle Of The Map” [VIDEO]

November 13, 2014 in News by Alvin Aqua Blanco

Columbus, Ohio rapper Hodgie reps his hometown and state to the fullest in his song and video for “Middle of the Map,” featuring Cincinnati’s own Lantana. 

Rashad, who should be a familiar name to Stalley fans, holds down the hook and the production on this breezy joint.

Hodgie’s debut album, American Dreamin, is out Dec. 8. Watch the visual for “Middle of the Map” below.

Middle of the map - Hodgie

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Stalley Throwing $2.16 Album Release Concert In Cleveland [PHOTOS]

October 28, 2014 in News by Trent Clark

If you have read Stalley’s timeline within the past week or so, then you know his studio debut Ohio is garnering all sorts of critical claim.

Keeping in line with the album’s hometown ethos and pride, the MMG torch bearer is blessing the city of Cleveland with an album release concert where the price of admission is but $2.16. For those not up to snuff on their geography, that is the area code of the town the Browns get muddy in.

This Thursday, October 30, the Ohio festivities will kick off with at Next located in Beachwood Mall at 26300 Cedar Rd Beachwood, OH for an exclusive Stance socks release that will also be highlighted by a meet-and-greet. The first 50 fans that attend will not only get an autographed copy of Ohio, but they will leave with the Buckeye State custom socks as well.

Grog Release Show Flyer

Later that day, the energy will shift to the historic Grog Shop on 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd, Cleveland Heights, OH where the Stalley Ohio album will be performed live for all the natives to witness.

Tickets for the $2.16 are currently available right here. The day will also be magnified as it’s Stalley’s birthday, so make sure to come with your copy of Ohio preloaded into your device or in hand.

Stance x Next flyer


Photo: Instagram/Stalley

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The Entire Maybach Music Group Links To Promote Stalley’s Ohio [VIDEO]

September 26, 2014 in News by Trent Clark

Crew love is a beautiful thing when the support is real. In preparation for Stalley’s studio debut album Ohio, Rick Ross calls up the entire MMG empire (with the understandable exception of Meek Mill) to drive home the fact that it drops on October 27.

The clip starts off with The Bawse posted up in his luxury when he decides to give a DJ Scream a ring to inform him that the album’s distribution is on the move. From there, a game of rap celebrity phone tag ensues, which is all a direct reflection of their talent roster. Wale (who is currently working on his next project), DJ Khaled, Love & Hip-Hop Hollywood’s Omarion, Fat Trel, Rockie Fresh and the always-enigmatic Gunplay are also down for the ride through the 330 skyline.

Even through the smoke screen marketing ploy, Stalley has given his fans an authentic reason to be excited. He’s reunited with Rashad, the most influential producer he’s worked with in accordance to his sound, and the “Jackin’ Chevys” record (played on repeat throughout the clip) has both regions with “west” in their name bouncing with swag.

Check the MMG hotline video down below and pre-order the Stalley Ohio album on iTunes.

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Insane Clown Posse Mask Prank Lands Murder Charge For Ohio Teens

September 17, 2014 in News by D.L. Chandler

A prank gone wrong in Ohio has left one teen dead and his friends charged with murder. The slain boy entered the home of a former friend wearing an Insane Clown Posse mask and was gunned down by a resident, and later died due to the negligence of his friends.

The bizarre incident took place in the early morning hours last Sunday in Prairie Township when Reb Barbee, 17, entered the home of Heather Tackett, who discovered Barbee standing over her 17-year-old’s bed in the dark. Using her boyfriend’s pistol, she shot Barbee who then fled with his pals.

The Columbus Dispatch has more:

Investigators say that Reb Barbee, 17, was behind the mask and had three friends help him sneak through a second-floor window of 8798 Hubbard Dr. S.

Despite a gunshot wound in his upper back, Barbee ran with his friends about a half-mile back to Barbee’s house at 635 Dovalon Place.

Nobody called 911. Not until an hour later, at 5:14 a.m. when Adam Pickens picked up the phone.

“Uh, I have a shot friend,” the 18-year-old told the dispatcher. “I really don’t know what to say.”

Pickens lied to the authorities in a bid to protect Barbee, who later died around 6 a.m. at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital. Pickens, Brandon J. Hamilton and Tyler R. Blazer, both 17, were arrested.

Hamilton and Blazer face delinquency counts of murder and complicity to aggravated burglary. Pickens will face the same charges in adult court and is currently being held on $250,000 bond.

Tackett said she was “devastated” by the incident.

Photo: Myspace

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Stalley Announces Title Of Major Label Debut [VIDEO]

August 24, 2014 in News by Trent Clark

Contrary to popular belief, Stalley didn’t rise to prominence when he signed to Rick Ross’ Maybach Music imprint. It was his formal debut Lincoln Way Nights: Intelligent Trunk Music with Ohio producer Rashad Thomas that placed his name amongst rap’s elite crop of newcomers.

From that point on, the thought-provoking MC has been building momentum without the traditional co-signs that has led up to the announcement of his major label debut which he simply–and fittingly–titled Ohio.

In a new vlog, Stalley explains that his debut album comes at a “pivotal time in his career” and will definitely please anyone who comes within earshot of the record.

“I’m really trying to give the people that sound again and get deeper into what ‘we’ started,” the bearded artist outlined. “It’s music that’s built for the cause but you can also enjoy it in your headphones or the computer, however you want to listen to it.”

Longtime fans will be pleased to know that Rashad is playing an integral role on the project as he breaks down the LP’s makeup. “The basis will definitely be a Ohio upbringing and the quality of the Midwest we want to bring to the table. I don’t think there’s been a clear representation of where we come from and that’s [our] main goal that it’s a cohesive idea of what we’re representing,” the acclaimed beatsmith stated.

Watch the video to get you siked for Stalley’s Atlantic Records album coming sooner than later.


Photo: YouTube

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R. Kelly Cut From Festival For Alleged Sexual Predator Past

July 30, 2014 in News by Trent Clark

The Columbus, OH Buckeyes recently banded together to treat R. Kelly like Chris Hanson would, should they ever meet.

Kelly was slated to headline Fashion Meets Music Festival in all his Pied Piper glory, but the singer’s past, which involves several allegations of inappropriate relationships with children, was too much to bear for concertgoers and they had him cut from the lineup altogether.

Reports The Columbus-Dispatch:

“We wanted to make sure we heard the Columbus listeners … to make a statement and support the city we live in,” said festival spokeswoman Melissa Dickson, who added that a public-relations firm is helping the event repair its image.

The decision to pull Kelly’s Nationwide show on Aug. 29 came late last week after Saintseneca, a Columbus band also set to play the festival, announced plans to cancel because of Kelly’s appearance. WCBE (90.5 FM) withdrew its sponsorship shortly after.

Those departures were preceded by a local duo, Damn the Witch Siren, which on July 3 abandoned their festival appearance because of Kelly’s history, which includes a 2008 acquittal on 14 counts of child pornography and a Chicago Sun-Times investigation linking the Grammy winner to underage girls.

Organizers of the Fashion Meets Music Festival, which is to take place in and around the Arena District on Aug. 29-31, issued a brief announcement last night via Facebook and Twitter to say the artist and event have “parted ways.”

Although Kellz has remained mum on the announcement, his publicist sent out a vague, indirect statement saying, “R. Kelly is sorry to disappoint his fans but looks forward to seeing them in the near future during one of his upcoming tours.”


Photo: Instagram/Lloyd

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Ohio Woman Takes #Prisonbae Mugshot, Complete Opposite Of Jeremy Meeks [Photo]

July 15, 2014 in News by Trent Clark

The hunt for viral mugshots have increased since the unexpected superstardom on Jeremy Meeks, but Angela Green’s jailhouse photo-pp following her arrest for refusing to leave a hotel room had quite the opposite effect.

Green, 34, of Cleveland, OH, took a rather unflattering mugshot photo after she remained uncooperative with the authorities who took her and male companion into custody.

Via Wickliffe Police Department:

On Saturday, 07/12/14, at approx. 1206 hrs., the management of the Quality Inn, 28600 Euclid, called the police department requesting assistance for guests who refused to leave. Responding officers found that a male and female had rented a room the previous evening and were to have checked out by 1100 and now would not leave.

Officers knocked on room 253 and the door was answered by a male and female. The officer explained that they needed to leave or rent the room for another day and the female became loud and uncooperative.

The officer identified the male, 24 year old Brian Baker of Cleveland, and attempted to identify the female; however, as the couple was being escorted from the building it was discovered that she had provided fictitious information. Once outside, the female continued to become loud and uncooperative and refused to identify herself.

After a brief struggle the female was arrested and transported to the WPD. The female was identified as, Angela Green, a 34 year old Cleveland resident. Green was charged with obstructing official business and eventually released on $354 cash bond.

Hit the flip to seen Angela’s ridiculous mugshot in full. Pucker up.

H/T: The Grio


Photo: Wickliffe Police Department

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