NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Cleveland Settles Tamir Rice Lawsuit For $6M, Lil Kim’s Selfie Sparks Colorism Debate


Tamir Rice’s Family Attorney Speaks Out After $6 Million Settlement

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced the $6 million settlement for the November 2014 shooting death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice at the hands of Cleveland police on Monday.

The Rice family sued the city of Cleveland, the officers, and the dispatchers for wrongful death after a grand jury declined to indict Officers Timothy Loehmann and Frank Garmback.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson says an internal review is underway to determine if any disciplinary action will be taken against the officers, even though the settlement does not acknowledge any wrongdoing.

Rice family attorney Zoe Salzman joined guest host Angela Rae on NewsOne Now to discuss the multi-million dollar settlement, what the settlement actually means for the Rice family, and if the wrongful death suit was the only legal option left for the family.

Lil Kim’s Selfies Spark Colorism Debate

Hip-hop artist Lil Kim is caught in a whirlwind of controversy after posting a series of selfies on Instagram in which she is reportedly unrecognizable. Fans and critics alike took to social media to give their opinions on the rapper’s “new look,” which includes lightened skin and blonde hair.

Though the Twitterverse can be cruel, many responses were of concern rather than criticism, sparking a conversation about colorism and how Black women have historically viewed themselves in opposition to a European standard of beauty.

Yaba Blay, Ph.D. and author of the book (1)ne Drop: Shifting the Lens on Race, joined guest host Angela Rae onNewsOne Now to discuss the controversy surrounding Lil Kim’s altered appearance and how colorism continues to have an impact on the psyche of African-American women.

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

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