4 Philadelphia Officers Fired Beating Black Men; Nas Untitles “N-Word” Album

By The News May 20, 2008

Nas ‘N-Word’ Album Now Untitled After creating controversy around his forthcoming album by naming it the N-word, hip hop artist, Nas, has changed it to an untitled project that will be released July 1 on Def Jam. Billboard. Yuri Kochiyama Still Carries Malcolm X Radicalism Kochiyama, 87, is most well known as the woman who cradled Malcolm X in her lap after he was shot in 1965. The Oakland activist who shares her birthday with Malcolm X is nonetheless a tireless activist in her own right who continues to fight. Oakland Tribune. 4 Philadelphia Officers Fired for Video Tape Beating Four police officers who were caught on video beating three suspects will be fired. Three other officers have been suspended and one officer has been demoted after the May 5 beating, filmed by a television news helicopter, in which the three Black men were dragged from their car and then kicked and punched by as many as 15 officers in North Philadelphia. New York Times. New York Outlaws Nooses Last week, Gov. David Paterson signed a law that makes the display of a noose as a threat a felony punishable by as many as four years in prison. Associated Press. Hospital Attempts Deportation of Woman With Inadequate Insurance An immigrant woman from Honduras who has very recently awakened from a coma is being threatened with what can effectively be called deportation, because she does not have the insurance needed to cover her medical bills. Alternet.