NEWS ROUNDUP: Justice Department Gets Warrant To Examine New Clinton Emails…AND MORE
On Sunday, federal investigators revealed they obtained a warrant to review a collection of emails that belonged to one of presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton’s aides. This comes after FBI director James Comey penned a letter to Congress on Friday sharing that additional emails found on the personal server need to be reviewed. According to reports, the investigators who are a part of the probe are quickly trying to cull out information to see if any of those emails would affect her potential presidency as Election Day nears. “The process has begun,” a law enforcement official said in a statement. Investigators are under an immense amount of pressure because several people, including GOP candidate Donald Trump, wants the content of the emails released to the public prior to Election Day. “Voting is already underway in our country so the American people deserve to get the full and complete facts immediately,” said Clinton. “The director himself has said he doesn’t know whether the e-mails referenced in his letter are significant or not. I’m confident, whatever they are, will not change the conclusion reached in July.” Read more.
Family of Missing D.C. Girl Commemorates Her Birthday
On Saturday, loved ones of Relisha Rudd, an 8-year-old who disappeared from a D.C. homeless shelter two years ago, gathered to celebrate what would have been her 11th birthday. A group created in her honor named “We are Relisha” held an event to commemorate her life. “I wish she was here to celebrate her 11th birthday,” said her grandmother Melissa Young. “But she’s not . . . due to certain circumstances.” Relisha’s case exposed how faulty the District’s school system is. She missed nearly a month of school before authorities were notified. The probe surrounding her disappearance was launched on March 19, 2014. Her alleged abductor, who turned out to be a janitor at a shelter where Relisha lived, was found dead in a Northeast Washington park. There were no traces of Relisha. Although authorities believe that the child has died, some of her family members still think that she’s alive. “I’ve never given up hope,” said her aunt. Read more.
Former Boyz II Men Member Reveals he has MS
Michael McCary, a member of the Boyz II Men collective, has revealed that he has been battling multiple sclerosis. After the group dismantled in 2003, there were rumors that someone’s health condition was the cause. McCary shared that it was because he was diagnosed with the disease. During a recent episode of Iyanla Fix My Life, he spoke about his experience. “I have MS. It sent me into a depression. It was like little back spasms at first, and then they would get stronger and stronger. Each time it would get more harsh. Once I was about 22, it started going to full-scale,” he said. He also shared that he felt abandoned by his fellow group members after being diagnosed. Read more.
Facebook Accused of Discriminatory Racially Targeted Advertising
Facebook is in hot water after it was discovered that the social networking platform may possibly be giving advertisers the ability to exclude certain racial groups from their promotions. Propublica.org launched an investigation on Facebook’s advertising procedures and noticed that when buying an ad you have the ability to exclude racial groups. “The ad we purchased was targeted to Facebook members who were house hunting and excluded anyone with an “affinity” for African-American, Asian-American or Hispanic people,” said the site in a statement. According to Facebook, they don’t allow advertisers to utilize targeting selections because they believe that it will lead to “predatory advertising practices.” “We take a strong stand against advertisers misusing our platform: Our policies prohibit using our targeting options to discriminate, and they require compliance with the law,” said Steve Satterfield, privacy and public policy manager at Facebook. “We take prompt enforcement action when we determine that ads violate our policies.” Read more.
Documentary Captures Hurdles Faced by Black Women in the Corporate World
A new documentary delves into the struggles that African-American women deal with in the corporate world. The film, titled Invisible Women: Being Black in Corporate America, features personal stories of Black women who have tried to advance in their career but have been hit with several hurdles. “For the production of ‘Invisible Women,’ we interviewed black women of varied professional levels who generously shared their previously untold stories and feelings around race-related issues on the job,” Melody Shere’a, HNTT Productions founder and CEO said in a statement. “In conducting the research, we found the corporate practice of discrimination to be a common harsh reality faced by countless women of color. We also interviewed experts who provide employment reports and statistical data on this topic.” The next screening will take place on November 11 in Oakland, California. Read more.
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