NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Walter Scott Shooting Witness Speaks Out, Are Police Body Cams The Solution To Excessive Force Against Blacks


Walter Scott Shooting Witness Reveals Exactly What He Saw

The person who captured Walter Scott being shot down by a South Carolina police officer on video is speaking out about what exactly he saw.

Feidin Santana, 23, has come forward to say that there was in fact a struggle between the two men before the deadly shooting, but the officer had control of the situation before he opened fire, reports NBC News.

Santana, who has been hailed as a “hero” by attorneys for the family, said in an exclusive interview withNBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt on Wednesday: “[The officer] had control of Scott. And Scott was trying just to get away from the Taser. But like I said, he never used the Taser against the cop.”

Medical Neglect? Mumia Abu-Jamal’s Health Crisis Raises Questions About Prison Healthcare

Imprisoned journalist and former Black Panther Mumia Abu-Jamal is in intensive care for treatment of diabetes and is “not doing well,” his family said Tuesday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Abu-Jamal, 60, was taken from the Pennsylvania state Correctional Institution in Mahanoy to Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville Monday after passing out, his wife Wadiya Jamal said outside the hospital. She says prison officials told her he is in diabetic shock.

Lack Of Sleep In The Black Community Is Causing Major Health Problems

Studies show that African-Americans are not getting enough sleep — a health issue that has an adverse impact on our health. 

Consistent lack of sleep can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. Regardless of income levels, sleep deprivation is taking its toll on the Black community.

Amongst African-Americans in management positions, 42 percent get less than seven hours of sleep a night and for those in support staff positions, 37 percent get less than seven hours of sleep.

The Urban Housecall Doctors — Dr. Karla Robinson and Dr. Robert C. Robinson III — joined guest host Jeff Johnson Thursday on NewsOne Now to discuss the importance of a good night’s sleep in staying healthy and feeling rested.

Dr. Robert told Johnson, “So many of us devalue sleep, don’t recognize the importance of sleep, the physiological benefits of sleep … so many of us are sleep deprived and it spans all socioeconomic [levels].”

Johnson asked the Urban Housecall Doctors to explain the lack of sleep in the Black community and what factors keep us from obtaining the recommended eight hours of sleep needed each night to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Karla explained, “We’re grinding, we have to work twice as hard.”

“You know the old adage — be twice as good to be considered on the playing field. So I think our work ethic does come into play. Stress levels — that comes into play as well. It’s stressful to be Black in America.”

Johnson suggested that African-Americans watch more television as another factor in the lack of sleep in our community.

“There are single mothers that are trying to be both momma and daddy, cousin, grandma, and so by the time you go to work, come home, do homework, get the kids in the bed and then have any time for yourself, it’s already midnight,” he added. “But we are also over indexing on content, which is also keeping us up at night.”

Dr. Robert then reiterated that African-Americans do not appreciate the true value of sleep. “We don’t understand the restorative benefits of sleep and that’s what we really want to emphasize today is that there are actual physical, mental benefits to resting your body.”

According to Dr. Robert, sleep decreases your risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes — all of which African-Americans are predisposed to.

Dr. Robert went on to say that individuals who are not getting enough sleep at night are “inclined to be overweight or obese” as a result of the lack of sleep because “you are not allowing your body the amount of proper rest that it needs in a 24-hour time span.”

“Once you get into a sleep deficit situation, it’s nearly impossible to make that up.”

Watch NewsOne Now guest host Jeff Johnson and the Urban Housecall Doctors discuss the harmful impact sleep deprivation is having on the African-American community in the video clip above.

For more information about the Urban Housecall Doctors and for health tips, and make sure you get those hours of sleep in starting tonight.


WTH? Thursday: Woman Stuffs Kids In Trunk To Go Out For Pizza…AND MORE


It’s WTH?! Thursday on NewsOne Now and we have all of this week’s craziest stories circulating across news wires for you.

This week’s WTH?! play-by-play commentators are actor and radio host Antonio “the Cuban Cigar Smoker” Lambertis and TV personality Aruba Tommy.

Kicking this week’s insanity off is a mom unveiling a new way to do pizza night. The Florida woman decided to take her entire family out for pizza, but there wasn’t enough room in the car for everyone. So mom popped the trunk and stuffed a few kids in, closed it, and headed off for the pizza parlor. Video captured at the scene shows the kids climbing back in the trunk after pizza time was over.


You can now serve divorce papers on Facebook? Ellanora Baidoo married Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku in 2009. Their marriage fell apart after he refused to have a traditional Ghanian wedding. According to the Daily News, Blood-Dzraku has been on the run ever since. Since no one has been able to track the fleeing groom, a judge has allowed the jilted bride to serve Blood-Dzraku divorce papers via Facebook. What’s next, tracking down deadbeat dads on social networks for past-due child support payments? 


A five-year-old missing persons case has been solved. A San Francisco woman’s hoarding had gotten so bad that she refused to get rid of anything, including her deceased and mummified mother. Cops went into the home and discovered debris, garbage, and household items stacked to the ceiling. As they made their way through all of the rubble, they discovered the mummified body of the homeowner’s mother who had been missing for five years.


A bobcat was caught on camera fishing off the cost of Florida. The big cat is seen dragging a shark out of the water onto the shore. According to wildlife experts, it is not uncommon for bobcats to be on the shore and to hunt, but if you are on the beach and a bobcat comes darting by, dives into the ocean, and comes out with a shark in its mouth — you will definitely be screaming WTH?!

All that and more in this special edition of the “NewsOne Now” Audio Podcast.

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