'Hurts Like Crazy': Jemel Roberson's Mother on the Death of Her Son
The choir at his funeral wore black T-shirts with "SECURITY, #Justice For Jemel" printed on front.
Beatrice Roberson, the mother of Jemel Roberson, a security guard who was shot and killed by Midloathian police after detaining a shooter at a bar, said her son "died doing what he loved," and that the loss "hurts like crazy."
"He was a good person, he had a good heart," she said during his funeral at House of Hope.
Regarding the unnamed officer who fatally shot her son, she said "I don't hate him, I pray for him."
Avontae Boose, Roberson's girlfriend, the mother of his 9-month-old son who's pregnant with their second child, said, "My heart's broken right now because my kids will not see their father for any holidays anymore."
Lee Merritt, the Roberson family attorney, said the 26-year-old father would tell his girlfriend, "'I'm going to become a police officer. I am going to be able to provide for you and this family.'"
Boose said she would tell her children that their father was a hero.
"I'm going to tell them when they get older — when they get real older — what happened to their father," she said. "That he was a hero, and he saved a lot of people."
The choir wore black t-shirts with white lettering that said "SECURITY, #Justice For Jemel."
Shaun King posted a video of Roberson's casket being lowered into the ground while Tristan, Roberson's baby boy, was cradled next to it.
Joseph McNeal, who described himself as a police officer and a mentor to Roberson, blamed himself for not being there. "The truth of the matter is it wasn't about me being there, it was about a cop who needed to believe in justice to be there — to have the power to take life or to restrain it — to believe in equality, and to know that even though a Black man with a gun can be a criminal, another black man with a gun can be a hero," McNeal said. "And that's what my brother was."
Jemel Roberson laid to rest www.youtube.com
While a federal judge denied the family's request to identify the Midloathian officer involved in the shooting, their attorney has issued a subpoena to the state police requesting that by Friday they turn over all preliminary reports regarding the department's findings about the shooting.
"Let's just follow the rules here," said U.S. District judge Joan Lefkow.
Cook County Sheriff's Police are also seeking additional witnesses to the shooting. They sent out three photos of individuals of interest who they said were at Manny's at or around the time of the shooting.
Anyone with information about them is asked to contact investigators at 708-865-4896.
Preliminary reports from the Illinois State Police Task Force say Roberson wasn't wearing any identifying security clothing and that he ignored verbal commands from the officer. The findings contradict what several witnesses have already said was true.
"They're offering the same lip service while not offering the transparency and justice this community needs," said Merritt.
Roberson's mother said in her remarks that her son's work was done and that he was gone, touting God's purpose for him in his short time on Earth. "Justice will be served, but in God's time," she said.
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"I am an intelligent Black woman that has made a seat at the table," Karla Ferguson told DiversityInc. "My influence matters and that scares those that have to resort to fear tactics."
During Miami Art Week, one of the city's busiest times of the year, a Black-owned art gallery in Little Haiti was vandalized with a spray-painted swastika and profanity.
Karla Ferguson, owner of Yeelen Gallery, realized on Saturday morning there was a hate symbol defacing the outside of the building.
"An officer was actually parked outside the building and I went up to his squad car and told him that he had to take a look," Ferguson told DiversityInc. "He was visibly concerned and sympathetic to what it represented.
"I was told by the officer that this was likely going to be seen as a hate crime as the words 'destroy,' 'f**k' and the swastika were visible."
Ferguson, who is also an attorney, is well known in the area for creating a space to celebrate artists of color that the traditional art world usually doesn't include. She said she has "taken the business to the next level," now known as the Yeelen Group.
"Yeelen promotes diversity we tell the stories of marginalized groups, we stand for women's empowerment, we tell the stories from an African Diaspora perspective, LGBTQ rights and civil rights in general are represented when it comes to our exhibition programming," explained Ferguson.
"For the hateful that don't feel that we all deserve to be treated with respect, that don't feel civil rights are to be upheld we could be seen as a threat. We are about valuing marginalized people and showing the worth and humanity of their contributions to society."
Karla Ferguson, CEO, Yeelen Group
This is the first time a symbol of hate and threats have been directed toward her business. As Miami Art Week brings people all over the country into the area, it could have been locals or an outside influence.
Ferguson, whose business headquarters has been in Little Haiti since 2013, chose the neighborhood that is an area of Caribbean immigrants and locally owned shops, before gentrification started to occur.
Her activism through art and consulting is "aimed at providing exhibition and economic opportunities for all artists and particularly those that ask the tough questions, those that challenge our thinking and question inequities."
As a Black woman and an activist, Ferguson said being confronted with hate during a time when it's on the rise across the country only "reinforces that what I do is important, that I am on the right path."
Last month, in Los Angeles, four swastikas were found painted across the face of a Crenshaw mural depicting Black women.
"I am an intelligent Black woman that has made a seat at the table," Ferguson said. "My influence matters and that scares those that have to resort to fear tactics. I am the immigrant, the American Dream and there are people in our society that would love nothing more than to roll back the hands of time to when those that looked like me were considered three-fifths a human by law."
The difficult part for Ferguson was explaining the symbol of hate to her young daughters.
"They were upset; it makes them feel unsafe," she said. "I had to explain to my youngest what a swastika is and what it stands for. I reminded her that there are people who believe that one type of person is superior to others and that such thinking is wrong and ignorant. I told them that their ancestors survived far worse to make their lives possible and that we will continue to fight oppression and hold our heads up high while we do it.
"They know that I'm a fighter and they also know that they are as well, so we fight, we will continue to thrive, we Boss up."
"If we can connect well, we can collaborate well, and if we can collaborate well we can innovate well as an organization," says Jones, Global Director of Inclusion and Diversity for Bayer U.S.
Funding continues to be balanced, diversified and global.
Originally Published by The Boeing Company.
Boeing anticipates stable growth and broad, diversified funding will continue to support efficient aircraft financing in the next year.
The company's annual Current Aircraft Finance Market Outlook (CAFMO), released today, evaluates and forecasts financing sources for new commercial airplane deliveries in the coming year and the industry's overall delivery financing requirements for the next five years. The CAFMO also explores trends within major funding sources and their potential impact on the broader market.
"The aircraft financing market remains healthy, with adequate commercial liquidity, providing a wide range of efficient options available for our customers," said Tim Myers, president of Boeing Capital Corporation. "We expect another year of balanced funding for commercial airplane deliveries in 2019, mirroring the broader industry, primarily split between bank debt, capital markets and cash."
Boeing forecasts continued strong demand for new commercial airplanes in 2019, resulting in about $143 billion in deliveries by major manufacturers, with potential to grow to more than $180 billion by 2023.
"Driven by a growing understanding of aviation's strong growth potential and the industry's attractive returns, we continue to see innovations and first-time entrants into the market, providing increased capacity for funding new deliveries as well as pre-delivery payments, mezzanine debt financing and the secondary aircraft market," Myers said.
New to this year's report is the addition of the secondary aircraft financing market outlook, as well as expanded analysis of other funding sources, including the leasing community, tax equity and the insurance market.
Highlights of the 2019 CAFMO include:
- Funding for deliveries is expected to be balanced between commercial bank debt and capital markets and cash.
- Airlines and lessors are expected to have some of their lowest historical costs of financing.
- Capital markets continue to grow, bolstered by unsecured borrowing.
- Aircraft leasing has grown to represent more than 40 percent of in-service commercial aircraft ownership.
- Export credit agencies remain a small but critical funding source, particularly in the United States.
- Strong industry fundamentals are attracting more participants and investment in new deliveries and the used aircraft market.
The full 2019 CAFMO, as well as additional data on regional-specific financing trends and global financing markets, is available at www.boeing.com/CAFMO.
Following the funeral of Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr., a press conference on Monday called for justice as forensics revealed he was shot in the back.
Over 1,000 people were in attendance at Boutwell Memorial Auditorium in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday to mourn Emantic Fitzgerald Bradford Jr. and demand justice regarding his police-related death. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. accompanied the family and delivered the eulogy.
A grand jury began hearing evidence in the case on Monday.
Vincent Serpico told the students that he wouldn't get in trouble for the tirade "because nobody cares."
Vincent Serpico, a teacher who taught at Piscataway High School since 2009, heard music on a boom box in a boys' bathroom. He deemed the lyrics "offensive" and ended up going off on special education students citing the song by yelling the the N-word and profanities. He has been fired.
Gerri Mason Hall, Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, North America, at Sodexo talks about ways you can create a diverse network, which is imperative for growth.
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A service member is welcomed home with a special greeting in Toyota's latest spot.
Originally Published by Toyota Motor North America.
Toyotathon is back for its 39th year with a holiday spot that showcases a heartwarming homecoming. The 90-second "Home for the Holidays" spot premiered Wednesday night, November 28th, on NBC's primetime Christmas in Rockefeller Center, with a throw from NBC's TODAY Host Al Roker.