ENTERTAINMENT NEWS:

 

Jurnee Smollett says her brother Jussie Smollett's alleged hate crime hoax has been ''f****** painful'' for their family, but insists she ''believes'' her brother is telling the truth.  She said: ''It's been one of the most painful things my family's ever experienced - to love someone as much as we love my brother, and to watch someone who you love that much go through something like this, that is so public, has been devastating. ''I was already in a very dark space for a number of reasons, and I've tried to not let it make me pessimistic. But everyone who knows me, knows that I love my brother and I believe my brother.''

 

Megan Thee Stallion doesn't plan on ''staying down'' after being shot in both feet, and she says she won't let the ordeal keep her ''in a dark place."

 

Serena Williams suffers from regular migraines. The 38-year-old tennis star has confessed she has battled periodic migraine attacks since she was in her 20s, and learned to ''play through the pain'' in her head because she didn't think it was an excuse to ''stop playing'' tennis.

 

Sony has picked up the rights to the Whitney Houston biopic 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody.' The company's TriStar Pictures banner has won a bidding war for the biopic.

 

Beyoncé is a ''phenomenal mentor'' who always encourages her team to take risks. Zerina Akers, who has been Beyoncé's stylist since 2014, collaborated with the star on the Disney Plus project 'Black Is King' and admitted that although Beyoncé ''pushes'' her team, it is always worth the effort.

 

Jason Momoa surprised his wife Lisa Bonet by having her 1965 Mustang restored.

 

COMMENT

 

 

SHADOWY: (DEATH SQUAD OPERATING IN CHICAGO?)

 

Part 1:

 

Rumors persist that gang members and criminals are not responsible for all of the murders that occur in Chicago on an weekly basis.

 

Conspiracy theorists insist that there's a death squad in the shadows. Motive: Genocide.

 

While US military and intelligence interrogation impacted people overseas, Homan Square (in Chicago)– is said to house military-style vehicles and even a cage – and focuses on American citizens, most often poor, black and brown.

 

Basically, the Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

 

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights.

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
Shackling for prolonged periods.
Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.
At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

Brian Jacob Church, a protester known as one of the “Nato Three”, was held and questioned at Homan Square in 2012 following a police raid. Officers restrained Church for the better part of a day, denying him access to an attorney, before sending him to a nearby police station to be booked and charged.

Chicago’s Homan Square 'black site': surveillance, military-style vehicles and a metal cage

“Homan Square is definitely an unusual place,” Church told the Guardian on Friday. “It brings to mind the interrogation facilities they use in the Middle East. The CIA calls them black sites. It’s a domestic black site. When you go in, no one knows what’s happened to you.”

For Chicago to be the murder capital of the world, its interesting that there are no gun shops in Chicago but the city is inundated with firearms. Who's supplying the guns?

 

PART II:

 

Police said stories circulating on social media about a serial killer (who was linked to the cases of 50 dead and missing black women was false), and some of the missing females had been located. After this statement, the story disappeared from social media, which was intentional.

 

BUT THIS IS NOT THE END OF THE STORY!

 

The FBI and Chicago Police teamed up for a task force to investigate possible links between the deaths of more than 50 women in Chicago (if the story was false and the females had been located, why was a task force formed)?

 

Activists and community leaders on the South and West sides have long said the slain women’s deaths by strangulation were too similar and suggested a serial killer or death squad was on the loose.

 

The Murder Accountability Project, which uses data and an algorithm to investigate possible links between slaying's, also issued a report saying the collection of killings had “characteristics suggestive of serial murder.”

The majority of the murder victims were black women, with the oldest 58 and the youngest 18, according to the Murder Accountability Project. Their bodies have been found throughout the city but mostly on the South and West sides, largely in abandoned buildings or outside in alleys, garbage cans and vacant lots.

 

Detectives are focusing on DNA from the dozens of murders and seeing if they can match DNA from the women’s bodies to known offenders or to DNA from other victims. The DNA could lead to new information, Ludwig said.

 

So far, the detectives haven’t come up with any matches.

 

The task force faces several challenges, Ludwig said: Collecting and working with DNA was different in the past, meaning it can be difficult to work with DNA from the older murders, which date back to 2001. Detectives are “combing through” that DNA now to see if they can turn up anything, Ludwig said, and it’s possible they’ll come up with matches.

 

And some victims had sexual partners before they were slain, meaning it can be harder for detectives to create a profile from the DNA left by those partners, Ludwig said. If a match is made, it doesn’t necessarily mean the person who left DNA on a victim is a killer.

 

The detectives are also using the Murder Accountability Project’s algorithm as part of their work on the task force.

 

Thomas Hargrove, the chairman of the project, said he felt relief when he heard Chicago Police had formed the task force. The group’s algorithm has worked in the past when it came to identifying serial killings, he said, and he thinks it’s working again in Chicago.

 

“I’m glad they’re doing this and I’m very glad they’re including the FBI,” Hargrove said. “The Chicago pattern is really quite classic. A serial killer often will kill a significant number of women and leave them in abandoned buildings or alleyways or trashcans. That is exactly what’s been happening in Chicago for the last 18 years.”


Many of the women slain in the killings identified by Hargrove were women forced into the margins of society, he said. Many had histories of sex work or illegal drug use, he said, and some were not particularly close to their families at the time of their deaths.

 

 

PART III:

 

Jon Graham Burge (December 20, 1947 – September 19, 2018) was a police detective and commander in the Chicago Police Department who was accused of torturing more than 200 innocent men between 1972 and 1991 in order to force confessions.

A United States Army veteran, Burge had served tours in South Korea and Vietnam. When he returned to the South Side of Chicago, he began a career as a city police officer, ending it as a commander.

According to The Guardian, between 1972 and 1991, Burge "either directly participated in or implicitly approved the torture" of at least 118 individuals in police custody. Federal prosecutors stated that Burge's use of torture began in 1972. Burge was the leader of a group of police officers known variously as the "Midnight Crew", "Burge's Ass-Kickers", or the "A-Team", who abused suspects to coerce confessions. Federal prosecutors stated that the "Midnight Crew" used methods of torture including beating, suffocation, burning, and electrical shock to the genitals, among other methods.

 

In 1989, seven years after his arrest in 1982, Andrew Wilson filed a civil suit against four detectives (including Burge), and the City of Chicago. He said that he had been beaten, suffocated with a plastic bag, burned (by cigarette and radiator), and treated with electric shock by police officers when interrogated about two murders.

 

In 1991, Gregory Banks, a convicted felon, filed a civil suit for $16 million in damages against Burge, three colleagues, and the City of Chicago for condoning brutality and torture. He said that he had falsely confessed in 1983 to murder after he was tortured by officers: they placed a plastic bag over his head, put a gun in his mouth, and performed other acts. He claimed officers abused eleven other suspects, using such measures as electro-shock.

 

After being fired, Burge moved to Apollo Beach, Florida, a suburb of Tampa. He continued to receive a police pension as entitled under Illinois state law. In 1994, he bought his current wood-frame home for $154,000 and a 22 ft motorboat. While a police officer, Burge had owned a 40-foot cabin cruiser named The Vigilante, which he maintained at Burnham Harbor. Upon retiring at full pension, he ran a fishing business in Florida. The precise amount of his pension is not a matter of public record, but he was eligible for 50% of his approximately $60,000 salary.

 

In April 2014, the Better Government Association, a non-partisan watchdog group, reported that the city of Chicago had spent more than $521.3 million in the previous decade on lawsuit settlements, judgments, and legal fees for defenses related to police misconduct. In 2013, the most expensive year, it paid more than $83.6 million.

The city paid a total of $391.5 million in settlements and judgments.

Burge died at age 70 on September 19, 2018, at his home in Apollo Beach, Florida. Burge was previously treated for prostate cancer. In response to his death, Reverend Jesse Jackson said: "As a policeman, [Burge] did a lot of harm to a lot of people. ... We pray for his family, because that's the appropriate thing to do".

 

COMMENT

 

 

NOSTALGIA:

 

by: Terry Gross

 

Teddy Pendergrass started singing in church as a child. When he was young, he says, he felt a calling to preach sermons.

 

PENDERGRASS: That is what I'm sure my mother thought I would do. And at the time, until I learned different, until I grew up, that's probably what I thought I would do, as well. It's just that when you reach that ripe old age of 13, young kids, you know, they start to grow up and grow out, and they get, you know, they get into their own thing and start doing their own thing, and I started getting involved in music and becoming interested in what we call secular music. And I got a chance to see Jackie Wilson.

 

 

That changed my life...Jackie Wilson's performance also influenced Michael Jackson; Jackson referred to Wilson as his idol.

 

PENDERGRASS: Jackie was just a consummate performer. My image of him was so huge, and he just controlled that stage. His audience was in the palm of his hands, and the ladies ran down to the front of the stage, they assumed he fell offstage and hurt himself. He had just rolled off intentionally and rolled off onto the floor, and to see the ladies run through the guardrails and just lay on top of him and appear to make mad, passionate love to him on the floor, my jaws dropped. My God...

 

I knew right then and there that I wanted to be a singer and have the same kind of effect on women.

 

My mother worked in a club. She worked in a kitchen of a club. I think Chubby Checker played there.

 

I was a child, 14 years old, meeting Chubby Checker. It was like this was an opportunity of a lifetime. It was huge to me.

 

PENDERGRASS: When I worked there, the club area was off-limits to me. I was black, working in the kitchen. So you know what I mean? It wasn't accessible to me.

 

In the dining area, people sat and ate dinner, and those people that went in there were white.

 

For me, the Uptown Theater, it was black kids. So that's where I went.

As the drummer, I was the only musician that Harold Melvin hired from the band, which was the Cadillacs. So he took the singers, and he liked the way I played so much, he offered me a job. At the time, I said okay, more money, just another job. You know, he didn't fire me, great, fine.

We began to realize that sometimes the group would be late, and if they were late, the club owners would dock them. We would all make less money. So the band began to sing the songs that the group would sing if they were late in order to make sure we got paid.

So sometimes, the Blue Notes would come in and hear us singing, and I'd be sitting on the drums playing and singing. So then they realized, oh, this guy can sing. And from there, it just evolved and evolved and evolved and evolved.

The choreography was like one person was dancing. I mean, we truly could work the gamut because we had to. We had to work in front of little white ladies with blue hair in Miami Beach, and we had to work in front of pimps and hustlers and prostitutes in New York or Buffalo or wherever we were. So we had to really know what we were doing in order to continue working because we were working because of our reputation. We had no records.

 

After we signed with Gamble & Huff at "Philadelpia International," "The Love I Lost," was supposed to be a ballad, but then the tempo got picked up.

 

It's just once you're in the studio, magic happens because you're in there with live musicians, and as you try different feels, you try things. And that's the ability that you have with live musicians that you don't have with computers.

 

After shows, fans would come backstage and say, that was a great show, Harold. And I'd say I'm not Harold. That's Harold. And people would just kind of look, like huh? You know, I guess they thought I was on drugs or something.

 

And it got to the point by our third album that I demanded that my name be put on the record. I was tired of being called Harold, and I wanted my just dues.

 

I admit my ego got out of control due to our success and fame.

 

It was all new, all new. And when you get that kind of adulation, and people are just at your beck and call and at your feet, giving you what you want I was a young kid. I was 26 years old, 27 years old, 28. You know what I mean?

 

PENDERGRASS: It can alter your thinking from it. Sometimes your head is too big to get through a door, and mine got there. I was able to, you know, bring things back into perspective, but you know, it can alter your ego and give you a nice big one. I mean, at 28 years old, I mean, I was buying a 34-room mansion in Gladwyne.

 

And I came from a row house in North Philadelphia and bought my mother a home a mile and a half away and filling up the garage with Rolls Royces and Ferraris.

 

I don't know a whole lot of people that do that.

 

PENDERGRASS: It took me years to be able to drive by the accident site. So that was the point that changed my life. That's where the old Teddy died, and the new guy was born. So I don't live it. I don't discuss it. I just kind of move on.

 

 

By: Chuck Arnold

Legendary “Soul Train” dancer Damita Jo Freeman knew that she had some super bad skills when the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, picked her to boogie with him onstage.

“He grabbed me real quick and said, ‘You gotta dance with me,’ ” recalls Freeman of a 1973 show. “But I’d never heard his song ‘Super Bad.’ So I went up, listened to the beat and just did whatever that beat would tell me to do.”

It wasn’t the first time that Freeman’s freestyling had made such an impression on a “Soul Train” musical guest.

 

On just her second appearance on “Soul Train” — which is revisited in the new BET drama “American Soul,” — she sealed her spot as a regular dancer after R&B singer Joe Tex got her to step up for a performance of his 1972 hit “I Gotcha.”

 

“He put his hand out and pulled me onstage,” says Freeman. “On the other side of the camera, you could see a very nervous Don Cornelius.

 

He walked back and forth, pointed, and said, ‘Get off the stage!’ All I knew is that the show must go on, so if Joe didn’t stop, I wasn’t gon’ stop.”

 

It was Freeman’s unstoppable talent that caught the attention of “Soul Train” scout Pam Brown in 1971, when the 17-year-old ballerina was dancing at a Los Angeles club called the Climax (and later Osko’s, the same multilevel venue used for the 1978 movie “Thank God It’s Friday”).

 

Soon after, Freeman had her first encounter with Cornelius — “He was as fly as Shaft,” she says. Then she was teamed with a regular dance partner, Don Campbell, with whom she brought “locking” moves to “Soul Train.”

 

But in addition to shaking it on the dance floor, Freeman, now 65, was shaking things up behind the scenes: She fought for the dancers — who weren’t paid unless they performed with an artist — to get basic needs such as tissues to wipe the sweat off of their brows and more than one soft drink each during long days of shooting two episodes.

 

“Also,” Freeman says, “a lot of the guys did the splits, and their pants, of course, would split, so [I said], ‘Don’t you need a person with a needle and thread to sew that up?’ ”

 

After a few years on the show, Freeman — like other “Soul Train” alums, including Jody Watley, Rosie Perez and Carmen Electra — made other career moves: She danced for artists such as Cher, choreographed the closing ceremony of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and even acted in movies (1980’s “Private Benjamin”).

 

 

Still, getting to rub shoulders with the likes of the Jackson 5 (“Michael loved how I did the robot”).

 

Those “Soul Train” years are hard to beat. Says Freeman: “When I woke up, it was a party every day.”

COMMENT

 

THE UNEXPLAINED: (WHAT'S THE TRUE ORIGIN OF OLIVER?)

 

In 1960, Oliver the chimp (above) was acquired as a young animal by trainers Frank and Janet Berger.

 

Supposedly, the chimp was caught in the Democratic Republic of Congo and sold on the exotic animal black market.

 

In appearance, Oliver clearly stands out in a group of male chimpanzees, as he has many human-like features.

 

He looks nothing like a normal Common Chimpanzee and holds a flatter face.

 

Oliver is a habitually bipedal animal.

 

He has always walked upright and never moved on his knuckles like other chimps.

 

He holds a bizarre pointed ear shape, freckles and a bald head.

 

The Berger’s raised Oliver until 1977, when he was sold to Ralph Helfer and put on public display in a sideshow.

 

In a 2006 interview with the Discovery Channel, Janet Berger claimed that she sold Oliver after he started tying to mate with her.

 

This had led to the speculation that Oliver prefers human females over chimpanzees.

 

In fact, other chimpanzees that have been placed in the same cage with Oliver avoid him at all cost.

 

After spending seventeen years with the creature, Janet Berger believes that his physical and behavioral tendencies point to a different origin, perhaps a human-chimp hybrid.

 

In the early 1980s, the Los Angeles Times did an extensive article on Oliver, marking him as a possible missing link or new sub-species of chimp.

 

In 1989, Oliver was purchased by the Buckshire Corporation, a Pennsylvanian laboratory leasing out animals for scientific and cosmetic testing.

 

During this time in his life, Oliver lived in a tiny cage and experienced rough handling.

 

This eventually caused an extreme case of arthritis and muscular atrophy, so severe that Oliver’s limbs routinely tremble.

 

The testing of his DNA has been an intense and controversial subject.

 

Supposedly, a test performed in the 1980s proved that Oliver contained only forty-seven chromosomes, instead of the normal forty-eight.

 

Since that time, Oliver’s DNA has not been tested.

 

He will not be made available for any DNA style inquiries again.

 

In 1998, Oliver was given a spacious, open-air cage at the Primarily Primates sanctuary in the US state of Texas.

 

He was put under the temporary care of wildlife rehabilitator Lee Theisen-Watt, who was fired in 2007 for wrong doings.

 

During the history of the Primarily Primates facility, they have undergone a series of legal battles, with a majority of the cases concerning PETA.

 

Today, Oliver is still alive and living at Primarily Primates.

 

Many pictures and videos of him exist on the Internet.

 

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