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            Showing posts with label Stepha Henry.
            Showing posts with label Stepha Henry.

            Tuesday, January 15, 2008

            The Stepha Henry Case Takes A Turn For The Worse

            was arrested today in New York.

            The body of Stepha Henry has not been found, but so much of her blood was in the car that took her to a Sunrise nightclub that she could not possibly have survived, officials said Tuesday.

            At a news conference at the Miami-Dade Police Department, officials for the first time said Henry, 22, was brutally murdered last May, and though she remains missing, her killer, police said, has been located.

            Police in Brooklyn arrested Kendrick Lincoln Williams, 32, Tuesday morning and have been questioning him much of the day, said Jim Loftus, assistant director of investigative services for the Miami-Dade Police Department. Williams is being charged with second degree murder.

            Henry, a recent graduate of John Jay College who aspired to attend law school, was visiting her aunt in North Miami during the Memorial Day weekend last year when she disappeared.

            Prosecutor Abbe Rifkin, of the Miami-Dade State Attorney's Office, said the second degree murder charge against Williams could change as the investigation continues. Williams is also charged with tampering with evidence.
            The body has yet to be located, but all signs seem to point to a bad ending.

            I've had people periodically ask me why I kept posting updates about this story, when there really hasn't been any new news since June. I guess my thought has always been that Henry could just as well be my wife, mom, aunt, sister in law, or for that matter, my son, since this phenomenon of "who cares if they're black and missing?" is hardly gender specific. How would I feel if my loved one was missing, yet I couldn't even get the police to search for them because they , nobody cares. There is no Laquita Alert.

            What is true is that none of that matters right now.

            A life is quite possibly lost, and though I don't know anything about Ms. Henry other than , I felt a deep and profound sense of sorrow when I was forwarded this story.

            If these allegations are true, I hope there's a sauna in West Hell waiting for Mr. Williams.

            Please pray for the Henry family in this time of sorrow, and always pray for God's hedge of protection for your loved ones.

            Saturday, December 29, 2007

            Maybe There's Hope For Stepha Henry After All


            Tuesday, December 11, 2007

            A Black Runaway Bride?

            , a few years back. In that story, a white Georgia woman disappeared days before her wedding, and called from the road with a Susan Smith-like story about being abducted by a Hispanic man and white woman. A media circus ensued, and Wilbanks' disappearance was the lead news story for days.

            Once Wilbanks was "found" in New Mexico, the house of cards unraveled, and it turned out that she was simply having a case of cold feet. Wilbanks was charged with felony indictment of giving false information to police, but the charges were eventually dropped. This being America and all, Wilbanks of course got a lucrative book and movie deal outta this whole debacle, and ended up suing her ex-fiance for half the cost of a 北京体彩网官方网站 he bought with the proceeds in a very odd turn of events. And they say love is unconditional. P'shaw.

            By contrast, I didn't hear jack squat about Hancock's disappearance until her story also unraveled. This is of course no real surprise, given the media's "who the f**k cares?" attitude toward , and heck, . Pray for the family. I would imagine the holidays are going to be especially rough.]

            Thursday, November 15, 2007

            The Obligatory Stepha Henry Post

            Yes, she's still missing. Nope, still nobody gives a crap.

            I did a Google search and got nothing new. Google News search: nothing new. Google Blog search: the first returned hit was my last post.


            If somebody knows a rapper or self-aggrandizing talk show host who'd love to take the reins and turn this into a legit story, please tell em' to holler at me.

            In the meantime, if you'd like to give something to the family, here's the info, courtesy of .

            If anyone would like to donate to Sylvia Henry, Stepha’s mother there is an address below to send checks. As far as I know, these monies are being used to raise the reward for information and may be used to offset the expenses she encounters traveling back and forth to Florida.

            Sylvia Henry
            PO Box 5083
            Hollywood, Florida, 33083-5083

            John Jay College is also taking up a reward. Those wishing to contribute can mail a check payable to the following address:

            John Jay College Foundation Inc.
            Stepha Henry Reward Fund, at John Jay College Foundation
            899 10th Ave., Room 623T
            New York, NY 10019
            I never thought I'd actually pray for Rebb'n Al and Jesse to come to the rescue, but here's one instance in which they (or at least the publicity that comes along with them) are really needed.

            Keep this family, and this young lady in your prayers.

            Sunday, October 28, 2007

            Stepha Henry Is Still Missing.... Yawn.

            Wednesday, September 12, 2007

            The Bizarre Abduction of Megan Williams

            Tuesday, September 11, 2007

            , a local college student who was reported missing, and after a week of being left for dead in a ravine, freed himself from a car, and flagged down a ride to the hospital. We're all very happy this guy is alive, but as more details about the accident that left him stranded surface, I can only say one thing: Julian McCormick is one gully brother.

            As Julian McCormick recalls it, he lay in and out of consciousness for eight days and seven nights, hot, sticky and bloody with not a clue as to what day it was or how he ended up trapped in his overturned car at the bottom of a steep embankment in Prince George's County.

            To survive, he ate a fish he caught with his hands and used his high-top sneaker to drink water from the creek, the 18-year-old Bowie State University student told his parents.

            As Julian McCormick recalls it, he lay in and out of consciousness for eight days and seven nights, hot, sticky and bloody with not a clue as to what day it was or how he ended up trapped in his overturned car at the bottom of a steep embankment in Prince George's County.

            To survive, he ate a fish he caught with his hands and used his high-top sneaker to drink water from the creek, the 18-year-old Bowie State University student told his parents.

            When he finally was able to muster the strength, he cut his seat belt using a small knife he had in his car, forced his door open and then dragged himself by his elbows, his body racked with pain, 30 feet up to the shoulder of the road hoping that someone would see him and rescue him. Someone did.
            Man, does this story have the makings of a made for TV/straight to DVD movie or what? Somebody get the BET Blackbuster Films people on the line.

            As I suspected, the family is of course happy that their son was located in one piece, but now that he's safe and sound, someone in the PG County Police department has some splainin' to do.

            As their son recovered at Washington Hospital Center yesterday, Peggy and James McCormick tried to piece together the circumstances of their son's disappearance and recovery and questioned why police had not done more to search for him.

            And why did police wait days to look for McCormick and then conduct just a 1 1/2 -hour search -- at night, when visibility was limited?

            Police categorized McCormick as a "non-critical missing person" because there were no signs of foul play.

            "I don't think it was a priority," Peggy McCormick said. Added James McCormick: "He's been there the whole time, less than one mile from 北京体彩网官方网站."
            Sniff, sniff. That's the smell of a lawsuit being drawn up, and it ain't frivolous.

            The PGC Police are saying that since the accident occurred on Federal property, they aren't culpable. I say, B.S. That incompetent squad should have done more than a 90 minute search for that kid. If he didn't have such a strong will to live, this story might have ended quite differently.

            Thanks to Julian McCormick, aka: Survivor Beltsville though, this one's headed for a Hollywood ending. I'm already putting it in my Netflix queue.

            Monday, September 10, 2007

            , the media attention is seldom (never?) as broad as it is for . Case after case has proven this bias. Chandra Levy. Jessie Davis. Elizabeth Smart.

            So what other conclusion am I to make when a black male college student goes missing on a road I travel everyday and I only hear about it when he's found?

            A college student who was missing for more than a week before he was found on the side of a Prince George's County [MD] road Saturday is in good condition at a hospital, but his brother said yesterday that family members won't coax him for details about what happened until he has recovered.

            Julian McCormick, 18, disappeared Sept. 1 after he left Bowie State University, where he is a first-year student, en route to his girlfriend's dorm at the University of Maryland in College Park. He never showed up, and his family and friends began a massive search that ended about 6 p.m. Saturday when a passenger in a car noticed him lying next to a guardrail near Powder Mill and Soil Conservation roads, close to the Baltimore-Washington Parkway near Beltsville.

            McCormick's Honda Civic was found upside down in a deep creek bed that runs under the road where he was found. His father, James McCormick told reporters Saturday that it took his son more than a week to force open the driver's side door and escape. Authorities have not revealed the extent of McCormick's injuries, and many questions remain about how the 6-foot, 175-pound student survived last week's potentially deadly heat without much food or water in a cramped front seat.
            First and foremost, thank God that this brother didn't give up. Being trapped in a car at the bottom of a ravine, without food for an entire week, yet freeing yourself and living to tell about it is the ultimate in gully. This brother is truly blessed. He's the true definition of a "survivor".

            But what does it say that in an area full of affluent blacks, in the media capitol (this is DC) of the free world, that a young man from a well-to-do family, without a jail record, who is in college, trying to better himself, barely registers a blip even on local media outlets, let alone national?

            For the record, the local news did report on this story, but , yet I until the guy was found.

            I suspect this is perhaps just as much of an issue with the police than the media. The family immediately reported his absence to the authorities, but since he is over 18 and has no history of disappearance, the police would not classify him as a "critical missing person". What kinda bullsh*t is that? Common sense (to me at least) would dictate that such a person going missing would make this case critical. The fact that this occurred in a majority black, moderately affluent (PG County is the richest majority black enclave in the US) county makes the lack of police (and subsequent media) attention even more puzzling. PG Police Chief Melvin High was a lot of explaining to do. The family basically had to do much of the searching, and push for media attention on their own.

            This whole story stinks. Considering the fact that I heard more about last week than I kid lying face down in a creek just 10 miles from my house, I can't help but feel very, very sick to my stomach.

            An maybe I'll consider getting that GPS chip implanted in AverageBaby's neck while he's still young. Reality is, if he turns up missing, I damn sure ain't gettin' any help finding him. He better find himself.

            Tuesday, August 21, 2007

            Somebody Cares About Missing Black Women

            CNN and USAToday may not give a crap about missing black women, but at least somebody does. A quick shout out to Deidra at the .

            Give it a .

            Friday, August 17, 2007

            . It's comparative lack of coverage vis-a-vis, say the has been startling. Anyone with half a brain knows this is because Henry is black. After all, black people, kids, women, men, and the elderly, go missing everyday. This has been the case since the beginning of time, but there's yet to be a black or Hispanic Laci Peterson, or Chandra Levy.

            MSN's Michele Chan Santos tries to tackle the reasons behind this startling disparity, focusing specifically on the Henry case, and just when we think we're getting somewhere, totally drops the ball.

            If you are kidnapped or missing, it helps to be the right race, age, social class and gender. Otherwise, don't expect the media to cover your story. "Sex sells, kidnapping sells, but not every kidnapping is equal," says Roy Peter Clark, vice president and senior scholar at the Poynter Institute, a training center for journalists in St. Petersburg, Fla.

            Kelly Bennett, a case manager for the National Center for Missing Adults, agrees. "Unless it's a pretty girl ages 20 to 35, the media exposure is just not there," she says. The most highly profiled missing persons cases in recent years have fit into this category: Chandra Levy, Laci Peterson, Jessie Marie Davis. All of these women were also white.
            I guess the inference here is that black women, notably Henry, aren't pretty. Bullsh*t.
            What about Stepha Henry, a 22-year-old black woman who disappeared while on vacation in Florida in May? Her case has gotten some media attention, but her face and story haven't received the same relentless level of coverage as those of other missing young women.

            Henry's case, however, has not been taken up by the media with the same fervor as that of Jessie Marie Davis, a 26-year-old pregnant white woman who disappeared from her Canton, Ohio, 北京体彩网官方网站 in mid-June, about two weeks after Henry was reported missing. Media coverage of Davis' disappearance was nonstop. TV stations nationwide, as well as newspapers and magazines, followed the case closely. Thousands of people volunteered to search for her.

            The disparity in exposure for the two cases is evident on the Web, too. A Live.com news search on Davis returns almost 20 times the results of a search on Henry.

            There even seems to be a difference in reward money. The FBI offered $10,000 for information on Davis. Currently, there is a $6,000 reward for information to help find Henry, but that sum came from donations. Henry's family contributed $4,000; Crime Stoppers offered $1,000; and another $1,000 was donated by a family friend.

            "There is a huge disparity between black missing women and white missing women when it comes to coverage," Goslee says. "If Stepha could receive half the coverage of the other white girls who are missing, they might find her."

            People of every race and age disappear. But missing minorities, men and the elderly simply don't generate as much media interest.
            Sadly enough, as opposed to digging deeper into why news outlets don't consider missing minorities as important as missing white chicks, the story veers off into the Netherworld of White Guy Excuses, stating (correctly) that white men, and men in general don't drum up as much media attention either. Nor do less classy" white women, like prostitutes and runaway sex workers.

            This may all be true, but it still doesn't answer the question central to the debate: why isn't Stepha Henry getting the media attention that's needed to locate her?

            I give MSN a bit of credit for at least attempting to tackle this issue, but by diluting the question by introducing related, yet irrelevant issues like celebrity coverage (Paris Hilton bounced Henry from MSNBC), class, and aesthetics, they just seem to prove my very point.

            Even when they pretend to, the media still doesn't give a sh*t about black women. What's new?

            Monday, July 23, 2007

            Stepha Finally Gets Some Press

            , a mother of three who has gone missing, and a husband without a solid alibi. The formula was the same as the Cutts case; Grace and her female guests bashed the husband mercilessly, male guests mostly defended the husband on the grounds that little evidence was available. You can chalk this one up to fool-proof automatic ratings or journalistic laziness, but just maybe, race isn't as much of a factor here as in other more egregious cases.

            Besides, it's summertime, and TV absolutely sucks, so what else is there to watch? I've come to enjoy Grace's birdbrain act far more than the ego maniacal rantings of Bill O'Reilly or the smarter-than-thou condescension of Keith Olbermann. Her regular guests, like the robotically comical or lovely, but mouthy sistagirl add a "don't take this too seriously, it's just about ratings" undertone to the show. And by covering the Henry case far more extensively than any other televised outlet to date, I have to give a few cool points. Plus, the woman is 47 years old carrying twins. How gully is that?

            Saturday, July 21, 2007

            Still Searching For Stepha Henry

            , but hey, we're not professionals, so we don't really count.

            Unfortunately, I still don't see black media outlets running with this story. SyndicationOne, owned by a black woman (Cathy Hughes) is mysteriously silent. I don't watch BET, so what the hell do I know? I tried tuning in to Take The Cake, their ghetto-fab scam of a text-messaging trivia show. Joe Clair is a 北京体彩网官方网站boy, and always entertaining (used to see him for $5 every Monday night at Takoma Station, he is severely underrated as a standup comedian), but co-host Toccarra is a hot mess of too tight outfits, crooked wigs, and overexposed tig-ole-bitties (there is such a thing). I won't bother wasting precious moments of life and countless brain cells on drivel such as Hot Ghetto Mess: The Series. Get real, Reginald Hudlin.

            I have no idea how this dissolved into a BET-bashing column. Sorry.

            Help this story last. Call your local TV and radio stations and ask them why they aren't covering it.

            Friday, July 13, 2007

            A Missing Black Woman Is Only Worth $1,000. Your Prayers Are Priceless.


            Nearly $5,000 of that comes directly from the family, Crimestoppers is only throwing in a "G". Apparently society at large doesn't care enough to contribute more, and I have little doubt that the lack of media exposure for this story is a large reason for that, since people tend to pay attention to whatever's on the TV, as long as it's on the TV. Out of sight, out of mind, and unfortunately, shit out of luck if you're the family, and you've already given as much money to the reward fund as you already can.

            This would be the space where I usually pop off a bunch of shit about why hasn't Oprah/misc NBA player/Al Sharpton/misc rich-slash-visible black person done something about this.

            That story is played, because leaning on such people to make something important, to deem it worthy of attention, is a trick bag black people fall into far too often. It's a convenient excuse that puts all the weight off your shoulders and squarely on those of someone else who doesn't have time, doesn't care, or doesn't even know what the issue is. Enough of that.

            If you care about Stepha Henry, stay tuned. I'm going to somehow find a way to contact the family and get info for contributing money to the reward. I'll provide the address, you (and I) write the checks. I'll also dig up a list of producers for national cable TV shows that we can pressure to picking up this story and raising it's profile. Something, anything needs to happen.

            If we don't do it, who the hell will?

            I'll keep you posted. Keep praying for this young lady and her family.

            Saturday, June 30, 2007

            Stepha Henry : Still Missing, Still (Mostly) Invisible

            (which airs, oddly enough, on Fox) have picked up this story and we can only hope other media outlets will follow suit.

            Say a prayer for the Henry family in this very difficult time.

            Monday, June 25, 2007

            Nobody Gives a @#*! About Black Women

            only tends to underscore another point: it doesn't give a shit about black women.

            To wit, in a search for yet , I only came across a several weeks old USA Today blog, bemoaning the fact that . Blogger Mike Carney saved me the trouble of doing the saddening research:

            Stepha Henry is still missing. But since yesterday, Google News has indexed just three stories that mention the 22-year-old black New Yorker who disappeared two weeks ago in Miami.

            During the same period, the site found 525 stories that mentioned Kelsey Smith, the white girl who was kidnapped and killed in Kansas, and 6,581 news stories that mentioned "Paris Hilton," the celebrity who is famous for being famous. Even Natalee Holloway, the Alabama girl who went missing in Aruba two years ago, earned more mentions than Henry.
            I should note that the blurb above was well before (June 12th) the Jessie Davis story grew legs, which pushed poor Stepha even further down the totem pole of public interest.

            This, is of course sad, but nothing new. Similar developments of missing minority women have been raised during the media hailstorms of Natalee Holloway, Laci Peterson, and Elizabeth Smart. But in all cases, the focus was just as this USA Today blog: more about the cases being under reported than actually rectifying the issues by adequately reporting them. It's the consummate "treat the symptom, ignore the cause" type of knee-jerk journalism that perpetuates the feeling, valid or not, that major media outlets don't care about black women (word to Kanye), or black people in general.

            Perhaps even more troubling is the fact that the few "black owned" media outlets that do exist haven't done any better of a job. BET actually has added a few somewhat credible "news" programs to their summer schedule, but since I never watch the channel, I couldn't tell you whether or not there was any coverage. TV One, which I frequent far more often, has been silent, which is pretty consistent with its' radio-based brethren, the music-centric Radio One (which I honestly don't listen to), and the talk-oriented Syndication One, which I practically have tuned in 24/7. If Cathy Hughes can't take a break from her celebrity butt-kissing (TV One on One) to help a missing sista, we've got trouble.

            My favorite black web portal, doesn't have a single link to a Henry related story. Except for a small blurb on the BET site, which looked to have been an AP feed, this story has been practically non-existent in the BLACK-owned media.

            How the hell can we be upset that Bill O'Reilly doesn't care about Shaniqua when our own folks don't give a shit either?

            Thursday, June 21, 2007

            Stepha Henry Needs A White Co-Signer

            I honestly hadn't heard anything about missing 22-year old Stepha Henry until I was doing some research on the whole Davis/Cutts story.

            This case was apparently getting some media attention, but as we all know, a missing white woman will trump a missing sista any day of the week.

            Read more details below, and spread the word.