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Actress and Singer Della Reese Dies at 86

Recently, news surfaced that actress Della Reese passed away at the age of 86. The actress, who was born in 1931, had a detailed career in film and television. She appeared in shows like “Touched By An Angel” and “Bates Motel.” Reese also made appearances in movies like “Harlem Nights” featuring Redd Foxx and Eddie Murphy, “A Thin Line Between Love and Hate” alongside Martin Lawrence, and more.

Before venturing into acting, Reese began as a singer, starting out as a gospel vocalist then transitioning into jazz and pop. Reese found success as a singer as well with the release of her 1959 single “Don’t You Know?”

A statement was released on Reese’s passing via her former “Touched By An Angel” co-star, Roma Downey. The statement said “On behalf of her husband, Franklin Lett, and all her friends and family, I share with you the news that our beloved Della Reese has passed away peacefully at her California home last evening surrounded by love. She was an incredible Wife, Mother, Grandmother, friend, and Pastor, as well as an award-winning actress and singer.”

Downey went on to say “Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people. She was a mother to me and I had the privilege of working with her side by side for so many years on Touched By An Angel. I know heaven has a brand new angel this day. Della Reese will be forever in our hearts. Rest In Peace, sweet angel. We love you.”

SOURCE: VLADTV

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Cowboys’ David Irving Raises Fist After Anthem in Spite of Jerry Jones

In spite of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s efforts to quell the National Anthem controversy consuming the league, nearly two dozen players continued to protest racial inequality during Week Seven’s schedule of games on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Six members of the Seattle Seahawks squad joined teammate Michael Bennett in sitting the anthem out, three Miami Dolphins (Julius Thomas, Michael Thomas, and Kenny Stills) remained in the stadium tunnel for the anthem’s duration, and Rams DE Robert Quinn raised his fist as the song played. Perhaps the most controversial demonstration came from Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman David Irving, who waited until the anthem was complete to also raise his fist.

Leading up to Sunday’s action word had gotten around that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones’ demand that players on his team stand during the ceremony rubbed Irving the wrong way. Thus, it had been anticipated that the 24-year-old Compton native may act on how he felt.

After the game, reporters attempted to get Irving to speak on his decision to protest, but he was hesitant, stating, “I’ve said some teasers here and there and it turned into a big, huge thing, a big distraction … We’re just going to talk about football now.”

In follow-up, he was asked a pair of additional questions on the topic, one of which concerned a comparison to iconic ’68 Olympics duo John Carlos and Tommie Smith. Irving declined to speak on the comparison, but he’d oblige in responding to whether he meant any disrespect towards military servicemembers by the gesture.

“My dad’s a Master Sergeant and I’ve had plenty of discussions and talks with him about the issue, and my oldest brother served as a Marine as well. You know, I’m not meaning to disrespect the flag at all,” he said.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward fractured ankle in season opener

CLEVELAND —  Boston star forward Gordon Hayward suffered a gruesome injury, dislocating his left ankle and fracturing his left tibia just five minutes into his debut with the Celtics.

Hayward, who signed a four-year, $128 million free agent contract this summer, went up for an alley-oop pass and collided with LeBron James midway through the first quarter. He got his leg twisted underneath him as he came back to the floor. Hayward collapsed under the basket and looked in horror as his left foot was pointing outward.

He put his hands to his face and dropped back to the floor as a hush fell over the sellout crowd inside Quicken Loans Arena.

According to The Vertical’s Chris Mannix, the Celtics are cautiously optimistic about Hayward’s injury:

With minutes to play and his team still trying to claw its way back, Hayward was loaded back onto a stretcher and carted out a side door. He will return to Boston for further tests, but team officials are cautiously optimistic. It appeared to be a clean break, sources told Yahoo Sports, and while more tests will be needed to determine the extent of the damage, Hayward may have avoided something catastrophic.

After the injury, Hayward’s new teammates huddled in prayer at their bench as a distressed James covered his mouth and several Cleveland players nearby looked away. Hayward had his leg placed in an air cast, and James came over and consoled him before the 27-year-old was pushed from the floor on a stretcher.

Cleveland’s crowd gave Hayward a roaring ovation as he left.

“You hurt for him,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said of Hayward, his former star at Butler. “It’s a tough, tough deal, but I guess that’s part of the risk of injury. I really feel for him.”

The team later confirmed that Hawyard’s ankle was broken and that he’d fly back to Boston Tuesday night. It’s a devastating blow for the Celtics, who had hoped to close the gap on the Cavs in the Eastern Conference.

Now, they could be without Hayward for an extended period.

Hayward spent the past six seasons with the Utah Jazz before signing with Boston.

The injury overshadowed Kyrie Irving’s return to Cleveland after the All-Star point guard was traded to Boston this summer.

LeBron James said seeing Hayward get hurt reminded him of grisly injuries to Paul George, Shaun Livingston and Louisville’s Kevin Ware.

“My thoughts and prayers go out to Gordon’s family. Hope for a speedy recovery, a healthy recovery,” James said. “Those are the injuries that you never see coming, you never want to happen, no matter who it is, no matter what the stature, no matter how much competitive nature that you have. It’s just very unfortunate.”

SOURCE: NBA

Aaron Rodgers Out For The Season with Broken Collarbone

Short of learning that his career might be over, news on the injury that Aaron Rodgers suffered in the first quarter of the Week 6 Packers vs Vikings game was as bad as it could get for fans in Green Bay. It is reported that the two-time MVP will soon undergo an evaluation to see the extent of a broken collarbone on the side of his throwing arm. Officials gauge that he will be out a minimum of 8 weeks, likely tarnishing hopes that he will be back to complete the remainder of the 16-game regular season.

The match-up was barely underway against their division rivals, when four passes in, Rodgers was chased from the pocket and taken down by Minnesota linebacker Anthony Barr. At first glance, the tackle didn’t appear to be very serious. There was clearly some impact to his landing, but Rodgers’ arm didn’t appear to twist in any kind of awkward manner. But he did curl his elbow into his body and momentarily squirm on the ground. Rodgers would eventually get to his feet without assistance and power walk off to the sidelines, where medical personnel checked him out before calling on a cart to transport him to the locker room.

Rodgers’ third-year backup, Brett Hundley entered the game with the score at 0-0. He’d lead a scoring drive to put the team on the board in the second quarter. However, he wasn’t able to do much of anything else from that point forward, as Green Bay dropped the game, and submitted their first place spot to Minnesota with a final score of 23-10. The question now looms as to whether Hundley, who obviously lacks the pocket presence, arm, timing and big game ability of the great Rodgers, can do just enough to pull Nelson, Cobb, Adams, Montgomery, Bennett and the boys through enough victories to hand the team back to their ace in the postseason.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Kaepernick Files Collusion Grievance Against Owners of the NFL

Colin Kaepernick is taking the NFL to court. It was reported on Sunday, October 15, that the star quarterback-turned-activist has filed a grievance that accuses the league’s team owners of collusion under its collective bargaining agreement with the NFL Players Association. After news broke about the move it was confirmed that he has foregone representation under the Players Association and hired high powered attorney Mark Geragos (who has defended the likes of Michael Jackson and Chris Brown) to argue his case.

Each of the NFL’s 32 teams has been sent a copy of the court document, as has the NFLPA. The complaint charges that owners and executives around the NFL “have colluded to deprive Mr. Kaepernick of employment rights in retaliation for Mr. Kaepernick’s leadership and advocacy for equality and social justice and his bringing awareness to peculiar institutions still undermining racial equality in the United States.” Geragos has called for an arbitration hearing on behalf of his client.

Kaepernick has been out of a job since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March. He’d go on to shop his on-field abilities to a couple of teams but stopped receiving calls to work out for teams in the market for a quarterback before long. As the offseason dragged out with various questionable signings at the quarterback position, fans began to question why Kaepernick was being passed over and suspicions that he was being blackballed began to take root. While a number of players and analysts have openly professed their belief that his activism is viewed as a “distraction” and thus played a role in him being denied a shot, team representatives have vehemently denied that he is being blackballed on their account.

SOURCE: VLADTV

Utah officer fired after nurse’s arrest caught on video

A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.

Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the decision to fire Detective Jeff Payne after an internal investigation found he violated department policies when he arrested nurse Alex Wubbels and dragged her screaming from the hospital, department spokesman Sgt. Brandon Shearer said.

Brown said in a disciplinary letter that he was “deeply troubled” by Payne’s conduct, which he described as “inappropriate, unreasonable, unwarranted, discourteous, disrespectful” and said brought “significant disrepute” on the department.

“You demonstrated extremely poor professional judgment (especially for an officer with 27 years of experience), which calls into question your ability to effectively serve the public and the department,” Brown wrote.

Attorney Greg Skordas, who represents Payne, said his client plans to appeal a firing he considers unfair and over the top. Skordas said Payne would still be employed if the body camera footage hadn’t generated so much attention and blown the events out of proportion.

Payne’s supervisor, Lt. James Tracy, was demoted to officer. His lawyer, Ed Brass, couldn’t immediately be reached.

Tracy made an impulsive decision in ordering Payne to arrest Wubbels without first taking time to understand the facts of the situation and the law, Brown wrote in his disciplinary letter.

He said the order created chaos and unnecessarily escalated the situation.

“Your lack of judgment and leadership in this matter is unacceptable, and as a result, I no longer believe that you can retain a leadership position in the department,” Brown said.

The letter said Wubbels told investigators that Tracy minimized her concerns, intimidated and lectured her, and made her feel like she was to blame for the events.

The Associated Press obtained the disciplinary letters for Payne and Tracy through a public records request.

Wubbels’ attorney, Karra Porter, said they are pleased that Brown took action and recognized that the officers made crucial mistakes that have eroded public trust. Porter said she hopes the events are a catalyst to more public conversations about appropriate police behavior.

The case shows the vital importance of officers wearing body cameras and making those videos available to the public, Porter said.

“Without the body camera footage, it would have been a she-said, they-said,” Porter said. “Alex feels very strongly that her story would have never been told if it weren’t for the body camera footage.”

Asked about a potential lawsuit, Porter said she expects to meet soon with city officials to discuss next steps that could include settlement talks.

The officers have five business days to appeal the decisions by the chief.

The case received widespread attention after police body-camera video was released by Wubbels and her lawyer in late August.

The video showed her explaining that hospital policy required a warrant or formal consent to draw blood from the patient who had been injured in a car crash.

The patient wasn’t suspected of wrongdoing. He was an off-duty reserve Idaho police officer driving a semitrailer when he was hit by a man fleeing police in a pickup truck.

Payne nevertheless insisted on the blood draw, saying the evidence would protect the man.

Payne told Wubbels his supervisor said he should arrest her if she didn’t allow the draw. Wubbels was later freed from the handcuffs and has not been charged.

Both officers were investigated and placed on paid administrative leave after the video became public. Salt Lake City police apologized and changed their policies.

Prosecutors, meanwhile, opened a criminal investigation into the arrest and asked the FBI to determine if there were any civil rights violations.

Payne was also fired from a part-time job as a paramedic after he was caught on camera saying he’d take transient patients to the University of Utah hospital where Wubbels worked and transport “good patients” elsewhere.

Payne had previously been disciplined in 2013 after internal-affairs investigators confirmed that he sexually harassed a female co-worker in a “persistent and severe” way.

His tenure also brought commendations for solving burglary cases and being shot in the shoulder during a traffic stop in 1998.

Tracy, meanwhile, earned commendations for drug and burglary investigations.

Eminem Attacks Trump in BET Cypher

Never one to be shy with his words, Eminem made a blistering return to the music scene via a passionate takedown of Donald Trump in a freestyle broadcast on BET’s Hip-Hop Awards.

Filmed Friday in his hometown of Detroit, the Grammy Award winner went after the president in a nearly five-minute cypher performance, where he referred to Trump as a “bitch,” and called him out for his handling of Charlottesville, and his recent attack on the NFL player protests.

In what Eminem has deemed “The Storm,” he rapped, “This is his form of distraction/ Plus, he gets an enormous reaction/ When he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that/ Instead of talking about Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada/ All of these horrible tragedies and he’s bored and would rather cause a Twitter storm with the Packers.”

Trump wasn’t the rapper’s only target, as he had a strong message for people who claim to be supporters of both men. “And any fan of mine who’s a supporter of his,” he continued. “I’m drawing in the sand a line/ You’re either for or against/ And if you can’t decide who you like more in your split/ On who you should stand beside/ I’ll do it for you with this/ F— you.”

Raising his fist in the air, a move he says is for former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began the national anthem kneeling movement, Eminem concluded, “The rest of America stand up. We love our military and we love our country, but we f—ing hate Trump.”

SOURCE: EW