­

About 98.5 The Wire

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far 98.5 The Wire has created 1273 blog entries.

NYC Council to Relocate Statute of Scientist Who Conducted Horrific Experiments on Enslaved Black Women

By |April 18th, 2018|

The mayor’s Public Design Commission voted to move the J. Marion Sims statue to the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. (Photo by Howard Simmons/New York Daily News)A New York City board has approved a plan to remove the Central Park statue honoring a scientist notorious for experimenting on enslaved Black women.The statue of J. Marion Sims, [...]

Stephon Clark family attorney and Omega Psi Phi fraternity member, Benjamin Crump, issues statement on Starbucks arrest 

By |April 18th, 2018|

Instagram Omega Psi Phi fraternity brothers around the country have rallied around Rashon Nelson after a video of his arrest at a Philadelphia Starbucks went viral and made headlines. Nelson is a member of the Alpha Eta chapter of Omega Psi Phi and attended Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania as a finance major from 2013-2017. Another [...]

Was She Fired? Folks Want to Know Exactly What Happened to Philly Starbucks Manager Who Called Cops on Black Men

By |April 17th, 2018|

It remains unclear if the manager of the downtown Philadelphia Starbucks was fired or simply transferred to another location. (Image via Getty/Jaap Arriens)A Starbucks spokesman announced Monday that the manager of a Philadelphia Starbucks who called the cops on two Black men sitting inside the store “no longer works there.” The announcement has some folks [...]

True Crime: Shreveport mother of three murdered live on Facebook

By |April 16th, 2018|

Rannita Williams, a 27,-year old mother of three, was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend. (Photo courtesy of Instagram) Police are searching for answers after a chilling video surfaced of a Shreveport woman begging for her life before her boyfriend shot and killed her live on Facebook last Thursday, according to the Shreveport Times. Rannita Williams, 27, [...]

Colored People: A Memoir – Henry Louis Gates, Jr. on African-American History (1994)

By |April 16th, 2018|

Colored is a term used in the United States to refer to black people (i.e., persons of sub-Saharan African ancestry; members of the black race). About the book: ...

Marlon Wayans Says Showing Black Love Is Crucial and Netflix Isn’t Scared Of Black Stories

By |April 16th, 2018|

InstagramWith 25 years in entertainment under his belt, Marlon Wayans is still flying high, and it doesn’t look like he’ll be landing anytime soon. His show “Marlon” on NBC has been picked up for a second season, plus, he scored a deal with Netflix, who released his stand-up special “Wokish” in Febuary and his film [...]

The 10 Hottest Costumes We Saw at Jamaica Carnival This Week

By |April 15th, 2018|

(Photos via Instagram) This week thousands of revelers hit Jamaica for what’s being called the largest Carnival in the island’s history.  While many people associate carnival with Trinidad and Tobago and Brazil, Jamaica Carnival has been going on for decades, showcasing the best in music, culture and entertainment on one of the largest islands in [...]

VIDEO: Black police commissioner supports cops after arrest of Black men at Starbucks

By |April 15th, 2018|

After video surfaced on social media showing Philadelphia police officers arresting two Black men at Starbucks many people were wondering how sitting could lead to arrest. According to social media accounts the two men were waiting in the Starbucks for a friend when a barista called the cops. “What did they do,” one man can [...]

Police: Woman Who Drove Van Off Cliff Was Drunk, Others Took ‘Significant Amount’ of Drowsy-Causing Medicine

By |April 14th, 2018|

FILE – This March 20, 2016, file photo shows Hart family of Woodland, Wash., at a Bernie Sanders rally in Vancouver, Wash. A body was recovered Saturday, April 7, 2018, in the vicinity where an SUV plunged off a Northern California cliff last month, killing the family of eight in what authorities suspect may have [...]

The stark facts about why Black mothers and babies are dying at alarming rates in the U.S.

By |April 13th, 2018|

Fotolia According to the Centers for Disease Control, Black women are three to four times more likely than white women to die from pregnancy-related complications. Statistics like that are why Black Maternity Health Week exists. Linda Villarosa penned a gripping feature for the New York Times called “Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies are in [...]