Across Black America Week of Aug. 31, 2017.

Carol Ozemhoya | OW Contributor | 8/31/2017, midnight


A university professor in Arizona has been suspended over controversial comments he made about Black Lives Matter activists nearly a year ago, reports Fox News. Professor Toby Jennings of Grand Canyon University ignited a firestorm, after the university posted a link to a ministry forum from last September in which he said that some members in the Black Lives Matter group “should be hung. They are saying things that are not helpful in any shape or form or human dignity or flourishing,” the African-American professor said during the forum, which was videotaped. GCU officials told Fox 10 Phoenix that Jennings was advised that his comments during the forum, called “God’s concern for the poor: What’s missing in social justice,” were offensive, but it was not brought up to the school’s top executives at the time. However, members of the Black Lives Matter movement were outraged, when it was shared recently. In response, Jennings was suspended for the upcoming fall semester. He has also apologized.


The bodyguard for Memphis rapper Finese2Tymes was charged with 10 counts of aggravated assault in relation to a July 1 shooting at a Little Rock nightclub during the rapper’s concert, reports the Rolling Stone. Kentrell Gwynn, who was arrested along with Ricky “Finese2Tymes” Hampton in Birmingham the day after the shooting, was formally charged on Aug. 25. Twenty-eight people were injured in the incident, including 25 people who suffered gunshot wounds. Shell casings found at the scene matched those from Gwynn's weapon following a ballistics test. Gwynn is currently in prison on federal weapons charges stemming from the Little Rock shooting as well as an unrelated Forrest City, Ark., shooting that took place June 25th.


The possibility of impermissible contact between Los Angeles Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and four-time All-Star Paul George is at the crux of an NBA probe into tampering, league sources told ESPN. The Indiana Pacers filed tampering charges with the NBA against the Lakers, and the league issued a statement last week saying that an investigation is underway. The Lakers are denying the allegations filed by the Pacers, insisting that there is no evidence of tampering, and they expect to be cleared in the matter, a team source told ESPN. “As the NBA's statement made clear, we cannot comment about the specifics of any ongoing investigation,” the Lakers said in a statement. “We can confirm, however, that we are cooperating fully with the NBA in the hope of clearing our name as soon as possible. If the league office's probe – which was initiated around the time of the NBA draft in late June – can prove that the Lakers tampered with George while he was under contract with Indiana, they can be punished in several ways, including a loss of draft picks, fines up to $5 million, future restrictions on acquiring George and possible suspensions of offending officials.

For the second time this year, Bay Area rapper Keak Da Sneak is in the hospital, after reportedly being shot. The 39-year-old MC (born Charles Williams) credited as the leader of the West Coast Hyphy movement, was said to be in stable condition last week following surgery after being shot several times early Aug. 21 in front of a gas station in Richmond, according to the East Bay Times. Richmond Police Lt. Felix Tan said that officers responded around 5:30 a.m. after a call about shots fired. Williams performed a headlining set on Aug. 20 at the Complex in downtown Oakland.