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“Hit The Floor” Star Stephanie Moseley and “TMT” Member Dead In Apparent Murder Suicide

What a tragedy all around…sending love and prayers to all involved

Fans of VH1’s Hit The Floor are mourning the tragic loss of one of the show’s actresses, Stephanie Moseley aka Hasel Star.

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According to TMZ, the dancer, who’s worked with Beyoncé, Ne-Yo, Chris Brown and more, was found dead inside an apartment in a high-end residential complex near The Grove in Los Angeles early Monday morning.

Police say they were called in to the Palazzo East around 7:30am by a person who claimed they heard a woman screaming and as many as 10 gunshots. When officers arrived to the apartment, they heard two more gunshots as they were making their way to a closed bedroom. Inside, they found Stephanie and her husband rapper Earl Hayes, dead. Police believe Hayes shot and killed Stephanie before turning the gun on himself.

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Hayes was a very close friend of Floyd Mayweather’s and was once signed to his record label. Floyd Mayweather unfortunately witnessed the gruesome murder-suicide as Hayes Face timed the boxer during his rage. It is alleged that Hayes accused Mosely of infidelity with a famous singer and went into a jealous rage selfishly ending both of their lives.

According to TMZ’s  sources, Earl Hayes had said he was going to kill his wife and the boxing champ was pleading with him to get a grip. Floyd will not say how much he saw, but he acknowledges he was a witness and heard everything. He is currently in shock and is having extreme difficulty dealing with the fact that he witnessed a horrifying murder/suicide.

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Stephanie Mosely was a promising actress, dancer, singer and all around entertainer who was adored by many. A number of celebrities took to their twitter and instagram accounts to share their condolences including “Hit The Floor” cast mates Taylour Paige, Kimberly Elise, Lance Gross, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, 50 Cent, Rihanna and many more.  Her light of a spirit touched so many and we hope that she will be remembered by her beautiful light and vibrant life than her unfortunate and untimely death.

Now this tragedy has brought a wider awareness to depression, domestic violence and gun control. Unfortunately in the black community depression and suicide is not addressed properly in many cases.

a 2008 study revealed:

Among Blacks who were already mental health consumers, over a third felt that mild depression or anxiety would be considered “crazy” in their social circles. Talking about problems with an outsider (i.e., therapist) may be viewed as airing one’s “dirty laundry,” and even more telling is the fact that over a quarter of those consumers felt that discussions about mental illness would not be appropriate even among family.

It’s time to help those in need of mental counseling and not shame them. Many people go through depression without realizing they are suffering from the illness. Depression can lead to suicide and other tragic events. This murder-suicide is a form of domestic violence and with the right tools it is possible to seperate from an abusive partner unharmed. Below are links to resources and hotlines to aid in all of these situations. Please if you are suffering from any of the above or know of anyone suffering from these please use the resources provided below. You are all loved and very appreciated, your beating heart deems you have a beautiful and magical purpose dont ever give up on life! Tribe Appeal LOVES YOU ALL!

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline– 1-800-273-8255
National Domestic Violence Hotline – 1-800-799-7233 & 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

Recognizing Depression : The Symptoms

Finding A Therapist To Help You Heal

Low Cost Treatment For Depression

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Rest in Perfect Peace Stephanie Moseley, Heaven Gained A Beautiful Angel

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Nancy Grace On Darren Wilson “It Doesnt Add Up”

Nancy Grace is known for unleashing the raw truth

Over the past few days we have all witnessed the aftermath of the grand jury not indicting Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot 18 year old Michael Brown dead. Ferguson, Missouri has seen the unfiltered emotion’s of its citizens through peaceful protests and riots. New York City, Philadelphia, Atlanta, London and many other cities have joined together and hosted peaceful protests in order to ammend the decision of the grand jury. Many people are frustrated because they feel there are multiple holes in the officer’s story and Nancy Grace is one of those people. As she looks at the evidence as an experienced prosecutor she sees many holes in his story, as many other lawyers and prosecutors have pointed out. Listen to what she has to say above!

In all this we just hope justice prevails and we pray for the Brown family during this tragedy.

What are your thoughts?

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Pens Letter About Ebola Epidemic

Her excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf  speaks out

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Ebola has become a huge disaster in West Africa especially in Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria. The Ebola epidemic has is thought to have begun in Guinea and quickly spread to the neighboring Liberia in February. Since February thousands have died and many blame slow response of the Liberian government to the rapid spread of this horrible disease.At least a good 6 months went by while people in the poorer parts of Liberia died of this frightening disease, nothing was done by the government to eradicate the disease. Once Ebola hit the nation’s capital, Monrovia the disease spread like wild fire this is when serious action was taken by the Liberian government. Her excellency, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf decided to pen a letter concerning her efforts in eradicating Ebola and bringing about a better Liberia. Her letter is as follows:

Dear World,

In just over six months, Ebola has managed to bring my country to a standstill. We have lost over 2,000 Liberians. Some are children struck down in the prime of their youth. Some were fathers, mothers, brothers or best friends. Many were brave health workers that risked their lives to save others, or simply offer victims comfort in their final moments.
There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea – all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars. In Liberia, our civil war ended only eleven years ago. It destroyed our public infrastructure, crushed our economy and led to an exodus of educated professionals. A country that had some 3,000 qualified doctors at the start of the war was dependent by its end on barely three dozen. In the last few years, Liberia was bouncing back. We realized there was a long way to go, but the future was looking bright.

Now Ebola threatens to erase that hard work. Our economy was set to be larger and stronger this year, offering more jobs to Liberians and raising living standards. Ebola is not just a health crisis – across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed.

The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced and without the preparedness to confront such a challenge. This would have been the case whether the confrontation was with Ebola, another infectious disease, or a natural disaster.

But one thing is clear. This is a fight in which the whole world has a stake. This disease respects no borders. The damage it is causing in West Africa, whether in public health, the economy or within communities – is already reverberating throughout the region and across the world. The international reaction to this crisis was initially inconsistent and lacking in clear direction or urgency. Now, finally, the world has woken up. The community of nations has realized they cannot simply pull up the drawbridge and wish this situation away.

This fight requires a commitment from every nation that has the capacity to help – whether that is with emergency funds, medical supplies or clinical expertise. I have every faith in our resilience as Liberians, and our capacity as global citizens, to face down this disease, beat it and rebuild. History has shown that when a people are at their darkest hour, humanity has an enviable ability to act with bravery, compassion and selflessness for the benefit of those most in need.

From governments to international organisations, financial institutions to NGOs, politicians to ordinary people on the street in any corner of the world, we all have a stake in the battle against Ebola. It is the duty of all of us, as global citizens, to send a message that we will not leave millions of West Africans to fend for themselves against an enemy that they do not know, and against whom they have littledefence.

The time for talking or theorizing is over. Only concerted action will save my country, and our neighbours, from experiencing another national tragedy. The words of Henrik Ibsen have never been truer: “A thousand words leave not the same deep impression as does a single deed.”

Yours sincerely,
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

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What are your thoughts?

#KickOutEbola : Mark Zuckerberg Donates 25 Million To CDC To Help Fight Ebola

Public Health Is A Number One  Priority

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Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla, are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help in the fight against Ebola.

He made the announcement today via his Facebook page:

Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.

The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.

We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.

Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.

We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.

Zuckerberg joins Bill Gates as the second tech guru to help in the fight to #kickebolaout.

 

#LessClassicallyBeautiful

The NY Times is on a roll…and NOT in a good way

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Last night Shonda Rhime’s newest show “How To Get Away With Murder” premiered on ABC with a whopping 14 million viewers. Those 14 million viewers made #HTGAWM the highest rated show of the Thursday lineup, surpassing “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy. The star of the show is SAG award winner and Oscar nominee Viola Davis. Mrs. Davis did an excellent job playing Annalise Keating (the sassy and sexy attorney/college professor). Her performance was critiqued by a New York Times writer and in this piece Viola was described as “less classically beautiful than [Kerry] Washington”. This is the same paper that has been under fire after one of their writer’s referred to the show’s  producer, Shonda Rhimes as an “angry black woman”. Viola Davis addressed this writer’s comment on the daytime show “The View”  calling it an attempt to “erase” a person. If Viola’s performance continues to be as great as it was last night (which we are sure it will be) then The NY Times is going to have to come a lot harder than that if they want to make her invisible. Listen to Viola give a brilliant response to the paper by clicking the picture below.

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“Being a dark-skinned Black woman, you heard it from the womb,” said Davis. “And ‘classically not beautiful’ is a fancy term for saying ugly. And denouncing you. And erasing you”, a powerful statement from Mrs. Davis who brings the issue of the absence of dark girls in the media to light. Maybe if dark women were included in the videos, tv shows and magazines a new form of “classic beauty” would manifest. Then there goes the magic question “What/who determines beauty?”.  Women from all around the world had a lot to say about this topic and expressed themselves with the #LessClassicallyBeautiful.

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Love yourself ladies! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder

Social Appeal: Obama Plans To Send 3,000 U.S. Troops To Liberia

Kick Ebola Out Of Liberia

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Ebola has taken a great toll on not only Liberia, but West Africa as a toll with over 2,400 deaths and thousands of infections. The African community has been begging the international community to aid in the eradication of Ebola out of Africa for good. This outbreak has caused the lives of many Liberians to change drastically as they are protecting themselves from this deadly disease. So you must imagine how happy everyone was to hear that President Obama plans to send 3,000 U.S. troops to a new command center in Liberia, construct 17 health care facilities and train health workers.

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The US president held a press conference from The Centers For Disease Control And Prevention in Atlanta, GA to reveal the great news to the world. Obama’s plan includes sending 3,000 US troops to a command center in Monrovia, Liberia to aid Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal in the fight against Ebola. The plan also includes building 17 clinics with 100 beds, train as many as 500 health professionals a week, provide 400,000 home health care kits to households in all affected countries and Carry out a home- and community-based campaign to train local populations on how to handle exposed patients. The president also requested the help of other countries with large resources to help in this situation because this is not only an African problem, but a worldwide problem.

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This is great news! People in the countries with Ebola should not relax in their preventative efforts, everyone should continue fighting this disease with all their might! Here are some helpful tips to help kick out Ebola.

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Hopefully this awful disease will be gone forever very soon!

Social Appeal: Deadly Fire Claims Lives of 4 Liberian Children & Displaces 40 In Southwest Philadelphia

Very saddened by this tragedy

A deadly three alarm fire has claimed the lives of four Liberian children and has displaced about 40 people from their homes. The fire took place in Southwest Philadelphia at the 6500 block of Gesner Street at 2:45 a.m on July 5. 10 houses along the block were destroyed as the firefighters tried to contain the blaze. Once the fire was under control the firefighters were able to search homes and found  the bodies of one-month-old Taj Jacque , four-year-old Patrick Sanyeah  and four-year-old twin girls Maria and Marialla Bowah.

The start of the fire is still unknown, but likely started on the front porch of the home the children were inside.The fire spread rapidly according to witnesses and destroyed other homes on the block, displacing more than 40 people. Many people around the world are saddened by this tragic event and have been doing all they can to aid all families involved. If you would like to help there are many avenues to do so. Below is a list of all locations and website links you may donate to and share your condolences.

To donate clothing, shoes or non-perishable food items contact:

  • Christ International Baptist Church, 2210 South 65th Street, Philadelphia, PA 215-729-0214
  • Liberian Association of Pennsylvania, Inc., 1155 South 54th Street, Philadelphia, PA 215-651-9322
  • Saving Grace Orphanage, 4918 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia PA 215-779-5726
  • First Baptist Church of Paschall, 7100 Woodland Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 215-724-3294

To assist families financially  you may donate to the following links.

We pray the souls of the 4 small children who lost their lives rest in peace and the families find comfort in this grief. Let’s do all we can as a community to help the victims and families recover from this tragic loss.