19 Jan

Farewell Prop-Joe: Actor Robert Chew Dies

The actor Robert Chew, who played the cunning and eloquent Baltimore drug boss Proposition Joe on HBO’s TV drama “The Wire”, has died of heart failure at 52. As well as his television and film work, Chew taught and mentored young actors at Baltimore’s Arena Players. He also coached child performers playing Baltimore City School students in the fourth season of “The Wire.” Show creator David Simon emailed the Baltimore Sun to praise Chew, writing: “Robert was not only an exceptional actor, he was an essential part of the film and theater community in Baltimore… And apart from that, he was a fine and generous man.”

11 Jan

Missing: Help Find Phylicia Barnes

Why isn't this story on Nancy Grace? Or National Television?

Authorities in Maryland are stepping up efforts to locate Phylicia Barnes, a 16-year-old North Carolina girl who disappeared while visiting relatives in Baltimore. But a local police official said the national media need to take note of the case.

“We are doing everything we can,” Baltimore police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told AOL News, noting that more than 35 detectives are working on the case, as well as two teams from the FBI.

Phylicia Barnes, a 16-year-old North Carolina girl who disappeared while visiting relatives in Baltimore, may have met with foul play, police say.”We would really like the national outlets to help us out here, so if somebody sees her in Missouri, they are able to alert authorities quickly,” Guglielmi continued. “It has been incredibly frustrating for me. We’ve been pitching this since the 29th [and] have not gotten any traction. This case is no different than the Natalee Holloway case. The only difference is Phylicia is from North Carolina, she went missing in Baltimore and she is African-American.” (more…)

18 May

CRIMINAL:Black Families getting evicted over unpaid city water bill of $362

Valentine scrambled to pack up clothing and mementos. The home had been her family’s for nearly three decades, and her father had paid off the mortgage in 1984. “It’s hard to say goodbye to this house,” she said. “It’s like someone forcing you out of something that belongs to you. I don’t get it.”Valentine lost the two-story brick row home after the city sold her debt to investors through a contentious and byzantine legal process called a “tax sale.” This little-known type of foreclosure can enrich investors as growing numbers of property owners struggle to pay their bills.These foreclosed homeowners are not the families making headlines for taking on mortgages they could ill afford. Families ensnared in the tax sale sometimes are unable to overcome relatively small debts owed to local tax collectors.

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28 Aug

In Case You Missed It: How Wells Fargo Targeted Minorities for Subprime Loans

The Illinois state attorney general has filed a lawsuit alleging that the bank sold the more costly mortgages more often to blacks and Latinos as compared with whites with similar incomes. Accusing Wells Fargo & Co. of discriminating against minority borrowers by steering them into subprime mortgages, Illinois’ attorney general sued the San Francisco bank, asking a state court to negate the loans and to fine Wells, the nation’s largest home lender. “The dreams of many hardworking families have ended in foreclosure due to Wells Fargo’s illegal and unfair conduct,” Atty. Gen. Lisa Madigan said in filing the lawsuit Friday in Cook County Circuit Court. (more…)

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