Top stories for April 10, 2018 include an actress protesting topless at Bill Cosby’s retrial, the most popular Black Lives Matter Facebook page was fake, and more.
Actress protests topless at Bill Cosby’s sexual assault retrial
On Monday Morning, a topless woman protesting outside of Bill Cosby‘s trial jumped over the barricade and rushed the disgraced comedian.The woman, later identified as Nicolle Rochelle, had the names of Cosby’s accusers written across her body as well as phrases like “Women’s Lives Matter,” “Cosby rapist,” and “semen.” Rochelle appeared in four episodes of The Cosby Show as a child.
Author Junot Diaz pens powerful essay detailing devastating childhood rape
Author Junot Diaz penned a poignant, heart-breaking essay for the New Yorker about being brutally raped as a child and how that trauma has impacted his life. Diaz, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, used his critically acclaimed prose to highlight how devastating sexual assault can be for men (especially men of color) who feel pressured to internalize their trauma.
-New Yorker (via theGrio)
Black teen sentenced to 65 years in prison after Alabama cop kills his friend
Last month, 18-year-old Lakeith Smith was convicted of felony murder in the shootingdeath of 16-year-old who was actually killed by a Millbrook, AL police officer. The conviction is the result of prosecutors charging Smith under Alabama’s accomplice liability law. The legislation allows for people to be charged with felony murder if criminal activities between the defendant and the deceased led to the death.
Most popular Black Lives Matter Facebook page is fake
A middle-aged white man in Australia is the person behind a Black Lives Matter Facebook page that had nearly 700,000 followers. That is double the amount on the actual, official Black Lives Matter Facebook page. Online fundraisers associated with the account brought in approximately $100,000 with some of those funds going directly Australian bank accounts.