NewsOne Now Audio Podcast: Rep. Chaka Fattah’s Federal Corruption Trial Begins, Court Orders Cleveland, MS Schools To Desegregate


Rep. Chaka Fattah’s Trial: Are Ex-Aides To Blame For Federal Corruption?

The corruption trial for U.S. Representative Chaka Fattah has begun in Philadelphia.

The congressman’s lawyers blame Fattah’s former political consultants for for the financial crimes he is being accursed of commuting.

An indictment alleges the veteran Pennsylvania Democrat, used an illegal one million dollar loan for his failed 2007 mayoral campaign, and misused federal and charity funds to pay some of it back.

In addition, the 59-year old is accused of accepting bribes and misusing federal grants to hook up family and friends.

The 11-term Democrat has represented the Philadelphia region for two decades, but recently lost his primary bid for re-election. That loss coming on the heels of the arrest of his son Chaka Fattah Jr., who is currently serving five years in prison in a related fraud case.

The trial is expected to last six to eight weeks.

Federal Court Orders Cleveland, Mississippi Schools To Desegregate

After a 50-year battle with the U-S Department of Justice, a Mississippi town must fully desegregate its school system.

The case centers in the town of Cleveland, Mississippi where Black students and White students are largely separated in two high schools and junior high schools.

For years, community members have complained about the perception that White students attended better schools.

The US District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi rejected plans posed by the district saying the district did not achieve the highest possible degree of desegregation required by law.

Vanita Gupta, the head of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division released a statement, a portion says quote:

“Six decades after the Supreme Court in Brown versus Board of Education declared that ‘separate but equal has no place’ in public schools, this decision serves as a reminder to districts that delaying desegregation obligations is both unacceptable and unconstitutional.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is currently looking into 800 active American hate groups.

The SPLC has partnered with Investigation Discovery to share cases from their files in a 3-part series called “Hate In America.” All three episodes are hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris.

Part two of the series takes a hard look at the rising occurrence of individuals who commit acts of terrorism separate from any organization – what are referred to as “lone wolf” attacks.

Harris joined Roland Martin on Tuesday’s edition of NewsOne Now to discuss the upcoming episode of the groundbreaking series.

WealthyU: 7 Tips To Help You Build A Million Dollar 401k Plan

Want to be a millionaire by the time you retire?

If the answer is yes, then America’s Wealth Coach Deborah Owens has some very important information to share with you in this week’s installment of WealthyU.

Fidelity Investments, one of the largest 401k plan providers, announced they’ve seen the numbers of million dollar plus 401k accounts double since 2012.

Owens explained, “One of the reasons 401k plans have doubled is because of the stock market performance. If anything, take this as a lesson and understand that the market is going to go down, but that’s when you want to continue to invest.” 

Owens joined Roland Martin on NewsOne Now to share seven tips that will help you build a million dollar 401k plan and retire in financial security.

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

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