Around 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, security officers at the National Civil Rights Museum they heard glass breaking and went to check out the area. They found a smashed window on the second floor of the Lorraine motel – the same motel where civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. Read more
The NYPD has arrested five Hasidic men in connection with the beating of a gay black man in Williamsburg last December. The attack, which was initially investigated as a hate crime, took place on Flushing Avenue at around 5 a.m., when 23-year-old Taj Patterson was walking around after a night out. Patterson says he found himself surrounded by over a dozenmen, some of whom were members of the Shomrim, a neighborhood patrol made up of Hasidic volunteers. The group claims to have beeninvestigating reports that Patterson was seen vandalizing cars, which turned out to be untrue. But, when Patterson tried to get away from them, they restrained, kicked, and punched him while shouting anti-gay slurs, including “stay down, f—-t.” Read more.
If there’s one thing you can say about Tyler Perry, it’s that he has an incredibly big heart. He’s helped school districts get back on their feet, and now he’s doing the same for the family of a teen with severe aplastic anemia. The family of five has struggled to pay rent and financially deal with the needs of 16-year-old son, John Williams, who has already had two bone marrow transplants. Read more