Author: Natalia Barreau, DI

Natalia Barreau is a Digital Intern at Black News Alerts.

Seven more women have accused actor Cuba Gooding Jr. of forcible touching or sexual misconduct. What We Know: The star currently faces three misdemeanor counts of forcible touching and three misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse involving incidents with three women. He has pleaded not guilty. In October, a dozen other women in addition to the three original women also accused Gooding of either inappropriately touching them or kissing them. Despite this, those allegations did not form the basis of additional charges against the actor. After the seven more women telling similar stories, this brings the number of alleged victims accusing…

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Actress Niecy Nash has filed for divorce from her husband Jay Tucker. What We Know: Niecy Nash filed legal documents on Thursday, December 12, 2019, at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse in Los Angeles. According to the filing, the case is listed as “dissolution without minor children.” The couple was married during a TLC-televised ceremony in Malibu in May 2011. Nash and Tucker announced their split on social media on October 30. In the post, she stated “We believe in the beauty of truth. Always have. Our truth is that in this season of our lives, we are better friends than…

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Rapper Saucy Santana and two other men were shot and wounded shortly after leaving a North Miami-Dade strip club. What We Know: Justin Harris formerly known as Saucy Santana and another friend had left The Office Gentlemen’s Club on Wednesday 11, 2019, and were driving to the northbound Interstate 95 ramp at Miami Gardens Drive when a white Chevrolet sedan pulled up alongside them. Someone inside the car began shooting into Santana’s white Honda sedan. He and his two passengers were struck by bullets around 4 a.m. Santana and his front-seat passenger were shot in the arm. The other passenger…

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Five men were charged in New Jersey in connection to a lucrative cryptocurrency scheme. What We Know: Five men were charged in connection with what federal prosecutors called a lucrative cryptocurrency scheme that fleeced investors out of $722 million. The business model was described by one of the defendants as built “on the backs of idiots”. The 27-page indictment, unsealed in United States District Court in Newark, New Jersey, named Matthew Brent Goettsche, Jobadiah Sinclair Weeks, Joseph Frank Abel and Silviu Balaci as part of a conspiracy to commit wire fraud. The men were also charged with conspiracy to offer…

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A statue depicting an African-American man with dreads riding a horse is now standing tall in Richmond, Virginia. What We Know: A massive bronze sculpture of a young black man with dreadlocks astride a muscular horse was permanently installed Tuesday, December 10, 2019, in Virginia’s capital city, not far from one of the country’s most prominent displays of Confederate monuments. Thousands of people crowded the lawn of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts as “Rumors of War” was unveiled. The piece is the first public sculpture by prominent artist Kehinde Wiley and his largest work to date. His work was…

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A Maryland company surprised its 198 employees with a $10 million holiday bonus on December 7, 2019. What We Know: The company’s founder and chairman, Edward St. John surprised the employees at the annual holiday celebration and gave each of them a red envelope that revealed their surprise bonus. The Baltimore based real estate firm, St. John Properties recently achieved its goal of developing 20 million square feet space in eight states.  The average employee is getting $50,000 of the share, but the size depended on their years of service. Some are getting six-figure bonuses upwards of $250,000. Many of…

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The United States House of Representatives has passed the TRACED Act which will help to combat robocalls. What We Know: The House passed a bill Wednesday, December 4, 2019, that would require most phone companies to make sure calls are coming from real numbers. The legislation would also require carriers to block robocalls without charging customers any extra money. The bill would also make it easier for the Federal Communications Commission and Department of Justice to catch and convict the scammers on the other end of the calls. Only three House members voted against this compromise version of the TRACED…

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After doing research, a Virginia panel is urging for racist laws to be removed the state’s records. What We Know: Led by Virginia Governor Ralph Northam, a team was tasked with researching racist laws from the state’s past. The team consisted of nine commissioned members including attorneys, judges, scholars, and community leaders. Following their finding, they released the results in an interim report that called for dozens of laws to be repealed in order to purge the state’s books of discriminatory language. Northam announced the formation of the commission in June during a ceremonial signing of a bill repealing Jim…

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South Africa’s Zozibini Tunzi, was crowned as the new Miss Universe at the 2019 Miss Universe pageant. What We Know: The Miss Universe pageant was broadcasted live from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta on December 8, 2019. There were over 90 women competing in the pageant. Tunzi won against the other two finalists, Puerto Rico’s Madison Anderson and Mexico’s Sofia Aragon, in the final three. Zozibini Tunzi is an activist who is fighting against gender-based violence. She has devoted her social media campaign to helping to change the narrative around gender stereotypes. She is also a proud advocate for natural beauty…

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Queen and Slim’s Emmy winning writer, Lena Waithe dropped the trailer for a new BET series titled Twenties. What We Know: The first official trailer for Lena Waithe’s Twenties was dropped on December 3, 2019. The eight-episode long comedy series will follow Hattie, played by Jonica “JoJo” T. Gibbs, a young black queer woman as she navigates through her twenties.  Out of cash and desperate for a break, Hattie interviews with Ida B., a successful Black television writer/producer who offers Hattie a job as a writer’s PA. It seems as though Hattie may finally be on her way to finding…

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