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Tupac's Mom Dead at 69

Afeni Shakur suffered apparent cardiac arrest at home

(Newser) - Afeni Shakur, mother of Tupac, died Monday at a Northern California hospital after apparently suffering cardiac arrest at her Sausalito home. The Marin County Sheriff's Department confirmed her death on Twitter after deputies responded Monday night; she was pronounced dead at the hospital about an hour later. She was... More »

Beyonce Backlash: 'Race-Baiting' Act Spawns a Protest

Protest planned for Feb. 16 outside NFL's NYC headquarters

(Newser) - Red Lobster may be one of Beyonce's newest fans , but her Super Bowl halftime performance—which featured Bey and entourage dressed in Black Panther-like attire dancing in an "X" shape in tribute to Malcolm X, Time notes—is being slammed as "hate speech" and is now the... More »

Again, No Release for Man Held in Solitary Since 1972

Federal appeals court extends order barring Albert Woodfox's release

(Newser) - Albert Woodfox's time behind bars is not over. An order barring his release was extended today by a federal appeals court, NBC News reports. The timeline: A federal judge this week ordered Woodfox's "immediate" and "unconditional" release and barred the state from trying him a third... More »

How Solitary Confinement Breaks the Mind

Isolation dulls cognitive functions, boosts anxiety

(Newser) - The damaging effects of solitary confinement on a prisoner can appear within three months, sometimes sooner. Albert Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 43 years, though he could be released from Louisiana State Penitentiary as early as Friday . Since 1972, Woodfox has spent 23 hours a day in a... More »

Release of Man Held in Solitary Since 1972 Blocked

Albert Woodfox won't be free until Friday at earliest

(Newser) - Prison activist Albert Woodfox, the last member of the "Angola Three" inmates held for decades in solitary confinement, will have to wait a bit longer to see if he'll experience the "immediate" and "unconditional" freedom ordered by a federal judge . A federal appeals court has temporarily... More »

Man Held in Solitary Since 1972 Ordered Free

Judge says Louisiana can't try Angola 3 member again

(Newser) - After 43 years in solitary confinement, two overturned convictions, and two documentaries on his case, freedom could finally be at hand for Albert Woodfox. A federal judge has ordered the release of the 67-year-old, who was placed in solitary in 1972 after the death of a guard in a riot... More »

Zimmerman Flees Miami, 'Bounty' on His Head

Killer of Trayvon Martin was chased by angry crowd, says TMZ

(Newser) - George Zimmerman is on the run: Trayvon Martin's killer attracted an angry crowd while hanging out at a beach in Miami last week and ended up fleeing the city with a bounty on his head, TMZ reports. As the story goes, Zimmerman gave an interview on Tuesday with Univision... More »

Black Panther Freed After 41 Years in Solitary

Judge overturns conviction for murder of La. prison guard

(Newser) - Herman Wallace is a free man after 41 years in solitary confinement in Louisiana prisons—but he may just have days to live. Wallace, one of the "Angola Three" found guilty of the 1972 murder of a guard, was diagnosed with advanced liver cancer this year, the New Orleans ... More »

Mumia Abu-Jamal Won't Face Death Penalty

Former Black Panther will spend rest of life in prison

(Newser) - Mumia Abu-Jamal, the former Black Panther convicted of killing a Philadelphia police officer 30 years ago, is off death row, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer . The city's DA announced today that he is dropping his bid to have the death penalty reinstated against Abu-Jamal and will instead settle for having... More »

US Fugitive Spent Decades in Portuguese Village

George Wright became handyman Jorge Santos

(Newser) - George Wright, murderer, hijacker, and American fugitive, was known as Jorge Santos, easygoing immigrant from Guinea-Bissau during the decades he hid in a Portuguese village. The 68-year-old, who was recaptured earlier this week , married a local woman and raised two children, now in their early 20s, after settling down in... More »

Black Panther Leader Geronimo Pratt Dead at 63

Activist was wrongly imprisoned for 27 years

(Newser) - Former high-ranking Black Panther Elmer "Geronimo" Pratt has died in Tanzania at the age of 63. Pratt had been living in a small village with his wife and child, attorney Stuart Hanlon tells the Los Angeles Times . There was no immediate information on the cause of death. Hanlon helped... More »

Supreme Court Rules Against Ex-Panther on Death Sentence

Abu-Jamal case goes back to appeals court

(Newser) - The Supreme Court has reversed a ruling that would have nullified the death sentence of Mumia Abu-Jamal. The former Black Panther, convicted in the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer back in 1981, has argued that racism pervaded his trial and sentencing, and that there weren’t enough blacks on... More »

Witness Disputes Report of Black Panther Intimidation

Fox News story said threatening men stood outside Pa. polling station

(Newser) - An Obama campaign volunteer says there’s nothing to Fox News’ story that two Black Panthers were intimidating voters at a polling place in Pennsylvania, Greg Sargent reports on Talking Points Memo. One was an official poll watcher, and though he is a Panther, he was not “blocking the... More »

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