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A Triple Shooting Sparks the Love and Not Hate Movement in East Orange

Dy-Shawn Simpkins and his wife, Deborah, turn the tragic killing of their son, Dy-Shawn Simpkins, Jr. into a movement to bring peace to East Orange, NJ

Dy-Shawn Simpkins aka Deacon Don DyDy sat down with Kizzy Cox and Onika McLean, the hosts of What’s The 411, to talk about his Love and Not Hate Movement.

Long before the tragic murders that shattered their peace occurred, Deborah and Dy-Shawn Simpkins were committed to providing kids with alternatives to street violence. The New Jersey couple’s after-school programs and day care centers have created safe havens for over 650 Irvington kids annually for the last nine years alone. Meanwhile, their community outreach has been active in the region for over 15 years.

Despite such passionate devotion, the nation's violence has grown exponentially, and East Orange, like other urban centers that have fallen victim to violence. This was never more apparent to the couple than when their own son, Dy-Shawn Simpkins Jr., 18, along with their nephew Kee-Ayre Griffin, 29, were killed in a triple shooting in East Orange. The senseless murders interrupted the promising lives of Simpkins, Jr—with his athletic career at Norfolk State University (NSU); and Griffin—a former student-athlete at Temple University where he played football after attending Saint Peter's Prep.

In dealing with the hateful killings, it was the community’s support that showed the couple the tools to fight the trauma, such as when the entire NSU football team arrived to join in a massive outpouring of love at Simpkins Jr’s funeral.

The outpouring of love for Simpkins and family and for their community continued with the Love and Not Hate March & Movement on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 8:00 a.m., in East Orange, NJ. Organized by Simpkins’s own nonprofit of seven years, the GAP Program (Gang Alternative Program), and other nonprofits collectively known as Community United As One. The group, along with the title sponsor, East Orange City Council, used the march as a kickoff to an annual event that brings awareness to the gun violence epidemic with an aim to ending this scourge on the community.

The Reverend Al Sharpton led a lineup of pastors and political luminaries including Sheila Oliver, candidate for Lieutenant Governor for New Jersey, and rap icon Vin Rock aka Uncle Vinnie from the Grammy award-winning hip-hop trio Naughty by Nature.

 

Deacon Don Dy Dy Reverend Al Sharpton and others

The Reverend Al Sharpton (center) with Dy-Shawn Simpkins on the far right.

 

 

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Sheila Oliver, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, giving Dy-Shawn Simpkins aka Deacon Don DyDy a heartfelt embrace

 

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Sheila Oliver, a candidate for Lieutenant Governor of New Jersey, on stage with Vin Rock from Naughty by Nature looking on.

 

Following the march and speakers, Dy-Shawn Simpkins, Sr. performed the song, “Seeds in the Field” that he recorded with his son before the tragedy. The event included other performers and turned into a real family day with music, food, youth activities, vendors, sports, back to school giveaways and more.

To contact Dy-Shawn Simpkins for more information about, and to help support, the Love and Not Hate Movement in East Orange, go to his website, www.DeaconDonDyDy.com, and Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/deacondondydy.simpkins

Weinstein’s Sexual Harassment Allegations Exposes Hollywood

Eminem drops freestyle diss of Donald Trump and crickets from Trump; 50 Cent Claps back at Wendy Williams; Tyrese’s legal battle with ex-wife and; more

QUICK TAKES:

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and quite frankly, every day should be Breast Cancer Awareness Day especially for Black women. So don’t ignore any irregularities with your breast and make sure that you or any woman you know gets her baseline mammogram at age 35 and every year after your 40th birthday, no excuses. In NYC, there are health facilities that provide free and low-cost mammograms, so no excuses!

By now, we all should have seen the movie, Hidden Figures, where Taraji P. Henson played the role of mathematician Katherine G. Johnson, also known as the human computer. As you know, Ms. Johnson did the mathematical calculations that helped the U.S. beat Russia into space. Well, the $30 million, 40,000-square-foot Katherine G. Johnson Computational Research Facility named in her honor finally opened!

Shonda Rhimes is among the 2017 Television Academy Hall of Fame inductees.

FOX orders five additional episodes of STAR for the current Season 2, and TV ONE’S BOBBI KRISTINA premiered #1 in its time slot among African-American households.

Aisha Hinds and Rockmond Dunbar join Angela Bassett in Ryan Murphy’s Fox Series 9-1-1; LHHATL’S Waka Flocka Flame and Tammy Rivera land a spinoff reality show, MEET THE FLOCKAS; Peter Gunz and his wife, Amina Buddafly are taking their relationship issues to MARRIAGE BOOTCAMP REALITY STARS and; Jordan Peele surprised a UCLA class inspired by Get Out. The class is taught by celebrated author and educator, Tananarive Due.

In not so good news, NeNe Leakes was fired from the XSCAPE REUNION TOUR over a rape joke she stated while on stage. Nene later apologized for the joke and after a few days said she ‘had a real breakdown’ after rape joke backlash.

And, the bad news keeps pouring in for Megyn Kelly. Unfortunately, celebrity publicists are bailing on NBC’s Megyn Kelly Today, so the show is having difficulty getting high-profile guests. Also, Megyn Kelly Today is not a good lead-in for Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford’s show as it is dragging down the ratings of that show.

WHAT’S POPPIN'

Harvey Weinstein and Rape Culture In America

After journalist Ronan Farrow’s 8,000 word story, in which, 13 women made detailed allegations against film executive, Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual abuse against women ran in the New Yorker, all hell broke loose. Women who were abused by Weinstein now feel emboldened to speak up and a number of men are ducking for cover.

Are you surprised that Harvey Weinstein is getting the Bill Cosby treatment?

EMINEM is BACK!

Hip-hop rapper, Eminem, slammed Donald Trump with his freestyle rap at the BET Hip Hop Awards. Although Eminem received widespread praise, everyone is not happy. Rapper YG feels like chopped liver because he and Nipsey Hussle released F--k Donald Trump in 2016, to some praise, but not nearly as much as the amount of praise that Eminem is receiving. YG posted his displeasure on social and then deleted it.

Judge Says Tyrese Gibson’s Daughter Can Testify

It’s been reported that since singer Tyrese Gibson remarried, he and his former wife and mother of his child, Norma Gibson, have been in an ongoing feud. According to TheBlast.com, a judge has given Tyrese’s ex-wife, the option of calling their 10-year-old daughter Shayla to the stand if she chooses.

Is this a good strategy for Norma Gibson to call her 10-year-old daughter to testify in court?

50 Cent Claps Back at Wendy Williams

Talk show host, Wendy Williams, is used to people clapping back at her, but none like 50 Cents' hurtful barbs.

Fifty announced a party to celebrate the end of his court-ordered child support payments.

Wendy responded to 50-Cent’s announcement saying, “You’re 42. You got a 21-year-old son. Get your life.”

Fifty was not happy and he posted on Instagram what many perceived to be very hurtful responses to Wendy Williams.

Wendy’s fans seem to think 50 Cents went too far? Agree?

MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE OF THE WEEK:

Our Motivational Quote of the Week is:

“When a black voice is raised in protest to oppression, those who are comfortable with our oppression are the first to criticize us for daring to speak out against it.” – Harry Belafonte

 

Actor Bokeem Woodbine Stands Out in Jason's Lyric

Newcomer, actor Bokeem Woodbine, show depth of a mature actor in the movie, Jason's Lyric

Actor Bokeem Woodbine talks to What's The 411 correspondent, Roceania, about his character in Jason's Lyric; what it was like on the set; his upcoming projects; and how he got his name.

Circa 1994.

On The Red Carpet at Black Nativity New York Premiere

WATCH VIDEO: RED CARPET OF BLACK NATIVITY NEW YORK PREMIERE

What's The 411TV correspondent Cristina Twitty was on the red carpet with the stars of the new holiday movie, Black Nativity, at its New York Premiere at the world famous Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York.

The red carpet was brimming with some of Hollywood’s A-listers and up-and-comers.

Captured in this video are: Forest Whitaker; Angela Bassett; Jennifer Hudson; Executive Producer Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita Jakes; actress Lynn Whitfield; rapper Nas; actress Grace Gibson; R&B artist Luke James; entrepreneurs and reality TV stars Ben and Jewel Tankard; Music Composer Laura Karpman; Music Co-producer and songwriter Taura Stinson; and newcomer, actor Jacob Latimore.

Speaking on camera in this video in order of appearance are: Bishop T.D. Jakes and his wife Serita Jakes; R&B artist Luke James; actresses Lynn Whitfield; Grace Gibson; and singer-actress Jennifer Hudson.

Photo of the Week: Serena Williams' Post-Pregnancy Body

Serena Williams speaks about loving and valuing her body

This week, we are combining our Photo and Motivational Quote of the Week.

The photo and quote come from the legendary professional tennis player, Serena Williams, as she shows off her post-pregnancy body:

"I've been called man because I appeared outwardly strong. It has been said that that I use drugs (No, I have always had far too much integrity to behave dishonestly in order to gain an advantage).

It has been said I don't belong in Women's sports—that I belong in Men's—because I look stronger than many other women do. (No, I just work hard and I was born with this badass body and proud of it)."

Cheap Sex: A New Book Says Women Are Playing Themselves

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Mark Regnerus, controversial author of Cheap Sex, says women are sabotaging their chances for marriage by making sex so low cost

Thanks to cheap sex, marriage may be doomed, according to a new book, Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy, by sociologist Mark Regnerus.

He says that men are in the driver’s seat that as long as sex is so low-cost for men, heterosexual women will have increasing difficulties finding a partner worth committing to.

Do you think men are turning away from marriage because they’re able to have their sexual needs met without it?

Tell us what do think in the comment section under our video on YouTube.

Actress Halle Berry is Dating Again!

VIDEO DISCUSSION: Given that Halle Berry’s relationships don’t seem to last and they are so public do you applaud her for trying again?

After a break from dating, Academy Award-winning actress, Halle Berry is stepping back in the dating pool again.

Berry posted a photo of her and her new man, British music producer Alex Da Kid on Instagram with a caption, “My balance.”

In August, Berry told People that she was taking a break from dating after her divorce from French actor Olivier Martinez in 2016.

The two split in 2015 after two years of marriage, and they have a 3-year-old son together.

In less than two months, Berry is posting photos of herself with her “new” man.

So, did Berry tell People she wasn’t dating so that people could stop following her and asking the dating question?

Or, did she really mean it and things just happened?

Tell us what do think in the comment section under our video on YouTube.

Oprah for President in 2020?

VIDEO: Given what the country is going through right now, we could only hope for Oprah or any compassionate grown-up leader to be our next U.S. President

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey sparked speculation on Twitter that she might be interested in running for president of the United States.

Although we don’t think Ms. Winfrey will run for President of the United States, it didn’t stop us from speculating what an Oprah cabinet and presidency would look like.

What do you think an Oprah Winfrey presidency would look like?

Hit us up in the comment section under our YouTube video and let us know what you think!

Will Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri Reunite?

VIDEO DISCUSSION: A source says Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri are friends, but not in a romantic relationship

Word has it that Janet Jackson’s, ex, Jermaine Dupri, has become a shoulder for Jackson to lean on since the break up from her husband, Wissam Al-Mana. Jackson dated Dupri from 2001 – 2009.

It makes sense because the two were together for nearly 10 years and they are still friends, right?

Friends and lovers are two different things, at least according to a source.

Someone close to the situation tells E! News, Dupri, and Jackson, who is soon to be divorced from her husband, are close, but definitely not in a relationship.

"Jermaine has a crazy love for Janet and they have been speaking more since the breakup. Janet and Jermaine trust each other and they have history."

Furthermore, Janet's focus is on her infant son, Eissa, and her current State of the World Tour, according to the source.

"Janet is really not in a position to get involved with someone at this time," the source explained. "She is open, though, for something more down the line. They are in the talks of working on some new projects."

We’ll keep an eye on the Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri relationship; we’d be surprised if it doesn’t blossom into something more than just work.

Did Toni Braxton and Birdman Elope?

Tamar Braxton, Toni’s younger sister may have unwittingly dropped the deets on Toni and Birdman

Tamar Braxton stated on The Wendy Williams Show that she believes that her older sister, R&B diva Toni Braxton, and hip-hop mogul Bryan “Birdman” Williams may have eloped.

A seemingly odd couple, it appears that Birdman may seem out of place with Toni Braxton, but his acts like a caring husband.

Time will tell if Toni Braxton and Bryan “Birdman” Williams jumped the broom.

 

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