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Crime and Punishment, Part II

Didn’t mean to leave you hanging!!


The judge found my daughter not guilty of APO.

I was not permitted to remain in the courtroom until closing arguments. I was also able to hear the judge’s ruling and his reasoning for it.

Crime and punishment was at the core of what the judge said that he was looking to hear.
1. Did the alleged bite that my daughter gave the transit officer occur AFTER and as a result of her being hurt by the officer?
2. Was the force used against her excessive for the “offense.”

He stated that he now knew the answer to both of his questions. He chastised the officer for not being truthful and cooperative in his testimony.

I’ve never heard the phrase escort someone to the ground. I don’t even know what that means. Be truthful, you threw her to the ground then put your knees in her back.

The judge then stated that after obliging the prosecution and giving consideration to granting more weight to the cop’s testimony, he did not appreciate the number of times his answer was “I do not recall.”

You do in fact recall, but wouldn’t answer the questions. You heard this young lady telling you that you were hurting her.

I was only on the stand briefly and kept my cool. I wanted to grab the prosecutor by the neck, but luckily she did not approach. She tried to minimize the photos of bruises on my daughter’s arms, leg and wrists that I took which were entered into evidence. Obviously did not work. FAIL Ms. Prosecutor!

I am so truly happy with the outcome because although truth was on our side, the law was not. Her attorney argued using exceptions to DC law on assaulting a police officer. They include when someone can not breathe, they believe their life is at risk (and I forgot the third). It is now wonder that Mr. King reportedly began his opening with three phrases:

Help. You’re hurting me. I can’t breathe.

I have so much more to say on this issue, but for now I am grateful.

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Posted by on November 16, 2015 in Civil Rights, Family, Girls, Politics, Race, Real Talk, violence, women, Youth



Crime and Punishment


We have a serious problem in this country because all too frequently they are mismatched.

My daughter and I have received a flagrant introduction to the justice system. The justice system assumes that anyone whom becomes engaged with it is familiar…

Today is my daughter’s trial. Another sentence I never saw myself forming. We are trying to get an APO charge dropped from July when she was roughed up and arrested for unknowingly not paying the complete Metro fare. She was assaulted, arrested, had to spend the night in jail, shackled and arraigned and now is on trial.

The fact that she has to zig zag between exams from here to Philly is infuriating! Her focus should be on school. Was what she has already endured not enough?

Here I sit, in the hall of the court building, waiting to testify. Friends and family are in the courtroom for support since I can not be present, lest her testimony impact my own. So I wait…

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Posted by on November 10, 2015 in Girls, Motherhood, Politics, Race, Real Talk, women, Youth



They’ve Arrested and Assaulted My Daughter for .75



I received a good Samaritan call from a young lady, telling me that the police just handcuffed my daughter at a subway station. She said they slammed her on the ground and put their knee in her back. Of course, she is 18 now…

I try to stay calm and find out what she knows- not much. Is she alone? Yes. Is she alright? Yes, just crying. Was is DC or transit police? Don’t know.

I wasn’t far because she was almost home from a girlfriend’s house.

Fast forward.

They pulled her off the bus for not paying the full fare. They left out the part about slamming her on the ground/knee in the back… She wouldn’t give info for a citation, so they had to take her in. But she wouldn’t get in the car.

One cop says she’s being charged for fair evasion, another tells me assaulting an officer. WHOA!!!!!

They walk away to huddle and wait for a supervisor. The supervisor is super NOT helpful and backtracking during our conversation. Oh, she’s in school/college? I didnt know that… Does that make a difference? I’m done talking. Please tell me what needs to happen now…

I walk over and ask my daughter what happened. She says she went in her bag to get .75 and they grabbed her off the bus.

He didn’t have a right to touch me!

I remind her that she is supposed to be careful with police. I tell her that they are going to arrest her; it’s a police matter and I can’t change the fact that she has to go.

Please get in the car. And it would behoove you to be nice once you’re there. It could be the difference between a citation and release or staying overnight.

She got into the vehicle.

After 10 minutes, I approach the huddle to find out the hold up. Let’s get this going. After six police vehicles and eight cops, we can go.

So here I am. In the waiting area of the Seventh District. Waiting to talk to someone and see what happens.



Happy Mothers’ Day


So after I ate my annual Mothers’ Day breakfast-in-bed courtesy of my daughter, I lazily watched my favorite: home renovation tv.

Just in time for Mothers’ Day, I stumbled upon Two Chicks and a Hammer. It is a new home rehab show featuring a mom and daughter duo in Indy. Karen and Mina rehabilitate devastated homes (17 in their town) and now they’ve moved on to the next town.

They are super cute. I could NOT work with my mom, but it works for them. And I loooove seeing women who are proficient with power tools. They are literally breaking down walls that still define gender roles! Love it.

Check them out on HGTV



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She Rocks Rough & Tough With Her Afro Puffs


moxie girl

Seven-year-old Natalie McGriff is the creator of The Adventures of Moxie Girl, a comic book about a young, female superhero. McGriff won $16,000 for her creation at a crowdfunding festival in Jacksonville, Fla.

The protagonist is a girl who uses a magical shampoo that turns her curls into super-powered Afro puffs. Her mother revealed that Natalie was having problems loving her hair and that was the origin of the story.

I decided to help Natalie write this book because she was having self-esteem issues regarding her hair and she hated to read. She now realizes how powerful and awesome her hair is and that in order for her to write a cool book, she needs to read more books and learn different words. – mother, Angie Nixon

I will be ordering comic books for some young girls in my life and you can too, as well as other Moxie swag! Wanna see more in this series? Contribute today!

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Posted by on April 24, 2015 in Arts, Entreprenuership, Fun, Girls, writing, Youth


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Father Daughter Time

father daughter time

I love it…

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Posted by on April 20, 2015 in Family, Girls, Youth


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Sophia Says, Show Me the Money!

Well, not really. But nine-year-old Sophia raised some good points and just in time for Equal Pay Day, the day of the year that it takes a woman’s salary to catch up to her male cohort’s (since we still make 0.79 cents to a man’s dollar). Isn’t it time for women to be represented on U.S. currency?

An online grassroots campaign, Women on 20s, took up Sophia’s cause and launched a viral push with the same goal. Founders Barbara Ortiz Howard and Susan Ades Stone launched the campaign website in February. The final women chosen to grace the $20 bill are: Eleanor Roosevelt, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks and first female Cherokee Chief Wilma Mankiller. Cast your vote today!

Once online voting determines a winner, Howard plans to ask our President to create a new $20 with the chosen woman. The goal? The new currency in circulation by the year 2020 – the 100th anniversary of a woman’s right to vote.

BTW – Sophia’s choice is Rosa Parks.


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