Archives June 2022

Soul food restaurant co-owner among 6 killed in Baltimore weekend shootings

Six people were killed in shootings over the weekend in Baltimore, including one of the owners of a soul food restaurant in Little Italy.

Trevor White, one of the co-owners of RYMKS Bar and Grille, attended AFRAM on Friday and was part of a podcast in which he talked about being a Black businessman in Baltimore. White, 40, promoted his businesses and pushed for other minorities to start their own.

“Baltimore City is a great place to open a business start a business and build your footprint,” White said in the podcast. “My thing is the more businesses I can be a part of, the more businesses I can open, the more ability I have to employ people and get people to work.”

He was killed hours later. Police said officers were called around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to reports of gunfire in northeast Baltimore. Police said officers arrived on Lakeside Avenue and found White shot multiple times. He died at the scene.

A sign posted on the restaurant’s door read: “Due to unfortunate events, RYMKS Bar and Grille will not be opening today (Monday). We look forward to your support in the future.”

White also operated VBS Tax and Accounting on Liberty Road and was the director of ReBuild Metro, a nonprofit group that focuses on affordable housing.

Police are investigating other weekend homicides, including the killing of a woman near a bus stop around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

“My brother was standing on the porch. He actually saw the victim fall,” said a resident who asked to remain anonymous.

The woman was shot multiple times on Talbot Road in northwest Baltimore. She was pronounced dead at the scene. Police said they are still trying to find family members before releasing her name.

According to police, from Friday through Sunday, there were six fatal shootings in Baltimore and six other shooting victims survived.

Police told 11 News the city has had 166 homicides so far this year, compared to 158 this time last year. There are 317 nonfatal shootings so far this year, compared to 323 at the same time in 2021.

Communities are stunned by the violence.

“I thought, ‘Here it is in our neighborhood. You can’t get away from it,'” a resident said. “It’s a drag. People getting shot in the streets, and who knows what for, you know?”

Police said they are trying to find suspects and motives for the killings.

Source: WBAL

Netflix Settles with Mo’Nique over Discrimination and Retaliation Lawsuit

According to reports, the Netflix and Mo’Nique saga is finally over after the streaming giant settled with the Oscar-award winning actress/comedian over her discrimination and retaliation lawsuit. 

The Hollywood Reporter obtained documents showing that both sides agreed to dismiss the case, however, the details about the settlement have not been disclosed. 

Mo’Nique sued Netflix in 2019 for gender discrimination and retaliation a year after they offered her $500,000 for an hour special citing color and gender bias for such a lowball offer. 

Source: Instagram.com

Drake to Release New Album ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ Tonight

Drake has unveiled his follow-up to last year’s “Certified Lover Boy.” The rapper announced his seventh studio album titled “Honestly, Nevermind” is set to drop tonight at midnight via an Instagram post earlier today (June 16). 

Drake will expectedly expand more on “Honestly, Nevermind” details during the premiere episode of his SiriusXM radio show “Table For One.” The program will air one hour before the album’s release at 11 p.m. ET on Thursday, June 16 on Sound 42.

The Connected Corner talks self care with Dyamon Brown

The Connected Corner Episode 2022-13: Indulging in self-care doesn’t mean you’re being selfish. Taking time to indulge in selfcare gives you the energy to look after other people or do the things that need to be done every day. When you care for yourself, you give yourself permission to be loved and nourished. Can we agree: We all need more self-love? YES! This week’s guest is a boss babe who knows how to make you glow! Join us as we interview the amazing and awesome Dyamon Brown, owner of Eye finesse faces, offers a range of professional services, including make-up, microblading, teeth whitening and so much more!

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Live Updates: Day 2 of the Jan. 6 Panel Hearings Begins on Trump’s ‘Big Lie’

ONFIRE-TV.COM – The US House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol resumes its hearings on Monday following last Thursday’s primetime review of several of their findings.

According to The Associated Press, former Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt and a slew of election officials, investigators and experts are set to testify. Former president Donald Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien, who was set to testify on Monday, will be unable to testify due to a family emergency, per ABC News. Additional committee hearings are set for later in the week.

Police: 3 people killed following shooting in Smithsburg, suspect identified

Three people are dead and three were injured following a shooting on Thursday in Smithsburg, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said. Officers said they responded around 2:30 p.m. to Columbia Machine INC., a manufacturing plant, for reports of an active shooter.

Upon arrival, police said they found three men dead. The three victims were identified as 50-year-old Mark Alan Frey, Charles Edward Minnick Jr., 31 and 30-year-old Joshua Robert Wallace.

A fourth victim, Brandon Chase Michael, 42, was critically injured, officers said.

Police said the suspect, Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, West Virginia fled the scene before officers arrived.

Esquivel and the victims were employees of the manufacturing plant, officers said. He worked throughout the day at the business prior to the incident.

Police said around 2:30 p.m., Esquivel exited the building, took a semi-automatic handgun from his vehicle and re-entered the business. He went to the breakroom area and then shot at employees.

A short time later, Maryland State Police encountered Esquivel inside a vehicle in the area of Mapleville Road and Mount Aetna Road, officers said. They exchanged gunfire.

Police said Esquivel and a trooper were injured and taken to Meritus Medical Center for treatment.

The trooper suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was released from the hospital, officers said. Esquivel was also released from the hospital and is now being held at the Washington County Detention Center on no bond.

Police said Esquivel faces numerous charges that include multiple counts of first- and second-degree murder, assault and weapons charges.

A motive for the shooting is under investigation.

Source: WBAL

1/6 panel: Told repeatedly he lost, Trump refused to go

Donald Trump was told the same thing over and over, by his campaign team, the data crunchers, and a steady stream of lawyers, investigators and inner-circle allies: There was no voting fraud that could have tipped the 2020 presidential election.

But in the eight weeks after losing to Joe Biden, the defeated Trump publicly, privately and relentlessly pushed his false claims of a rigged 2020 election and intensified an extraordinary scheme to overturn Biden’s victory. When all else failed in his effort to stay in power, Trump beckoned thousands of his supporters to Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, where extremists groups led the deadly Capitol siege.

The scale and virulence of that scheme began to take shape at the opening House hearing investigating 1/6. When the panel resumes Monday, it will delve into its findings that Trump and his advisers knew early on that he had in fact lost the election but engaged in a “massive effort” to spread false information to convince the public otherwise.

Source: AP News

US inflation at new 40-year high as price increases spread

The prices of gas, food and most other goods and services jumped in May, raising inflation to a new four-decade high and giving American households no respite from rising costs.

Consumer prices surged 8.6% last month from a year earlier, faster than April’s year-over-year increase of 8.3%, the Labor Department said Friday. The new inflation figure, the highest since 1981, will heighten pressure on the Federal Reserve to continue raising interest rates aggressively.

On a month-to-month basis, prices jumped 1% from April to May, much faster than the 0.3% increase from March to April. Contributing to that surge were much higher prices for everything from airline tickets to restaurant meals to new and used cars. Those price spikes also elevated so-called “core” inflation, a measure that excludes volatile food and energy prices. In May, core prices jumped a sharp 0.6% for a second straight month. They’re now 6% above where they were a year ago.

Friday’s report underscored fears that inflation is spreading well beyond energy and goods whose prices are being driven higher by clogged supply chains and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. And the increased pressure on the Fed to raises rates even faster — which will mean higher-cost loans for consumers and businesses — will raise the risk of a recession.

Source: AP News