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BREAKING NEWS: Black Garbage Bag with Human Remains Found in Arkansas Could be Missing 4-Year-Old Maleah Davis

NNPA NEWSWIRE — According to community activist Quanell X, 26-year-old Derion Vence, the gentleman who has become the prime suspect in little Maleah’s disappearance, confessed to him during a jailhouse visit that he dumped the body of the little girl on the side of the road in a ditch in Arkansas.

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By Jeffrey L. Boney, NNPA Newswire Contributor

A major bombshell development has come forth regarding missing 4-year-old Maleah Davis, who has been reported missing since May 4th.

According to community activist Quanell X, 26-year-old Derion Vence, the gentleman who has become the prime suspect in little Maleah’s disappearance, confessed to him during a jailhouse visit that he dumped the body of the little girl on the side of the road in a ditch in Arkansas.

Although Quanell X did not give specific details about the location of the body or how long the body of little Maleah had been in Arkansas, he was adamant that Vence was telling the truth.

“I think it’s the truth. I don’t believe he was lying to me,” said Quanell X. “Many men have confessed these types of crimes to me, many involving children.”

According to Quanell X, Vence told him that little Maleah’s death was a result of an accident, although he did not provide any details what kind of accident caused her death.

“All I know is that he (Vence) told me that he pulled over in Arkansas, got out of the car, walked off the side of the road and dumped her (Maleah’s) body off the side of the road,” said Quanell X.

Quanell X also stated that Vence did not disclose whether Maleah’s mother, Brittany Bowens, knew anything about these disturbing new details surrounding little Maleah’s disappearance.

After receiving this new information from Vence, Quanell X convened a meeting in a parking lot in southwest Houston with investigators and with Texas EquuSearch, who had been searching for little Maleah’s body here in the Greater Houston area since her disappearance.

Quanell X indicated that he has worked with Texas EquuSearch in the past on cases like this and that the group was heading to Arkansas to help find little Maleah’s remains.

Texas EquuSearch founder and director, Tim Miller, believes the new information given to Quanell X by Vence was enough to warrant an immediate search for little Maleah’s remains.

Meanwhile, a roadside mowing crew working along Interstate 30 near Fulton, Arkansas contacted authorities, after discovering a garbage bag with the human remains of a child and blood inside of it. Although authorities were not able to immediately ascertain whether it was little Maleah’s remains or not, the remains are being processed by Arkansas State Police before having them sent off to the Harris County Medical Examiner back in Texas.

This has been a true rollercoaster of emotions for many in the community who have sought answers relative to little Maleah’s disappearance.

During a CPS hearing this week, little Maleah’s biological father, Craig Davis, testified that he spoke with Vence, who refused to allow him to see his daughter the day before she was reported missing, claiming little Maleah had the flu. According to Davis, he and his sister showed up to the apartment where little Maleah lived with Vence and Bowens and asked to see little Maleah, who was allegedly asleep in her room, but Vence refused to allow him to see his daughter.

Davis also testified that Bowens had initially called him and asked him to take little Maleah to the doctor earlier in the week because something was wrong with her but was later told that his assistance was no longer needed because Vence was going to take her to the doctor instead.

Also, earlier this week, Quanell X, who had been representing Bowens relative to the case, abruptly stopped representing her and told the media that he no longer believed she was being truthful about what she knew about what happened to little Maleah.

In a social media post this week, Quanell X said:

I would to take this time to make clear why I decided to step away from Brittany Bowens regarding Maleah Davis. My team and I have spent countless hours and days investigating and have spent extensive time talking with Ms. Bowens in person and over the phone…I would like to share with you, Brothers and Sisters some of the FACTS of this case and the tragedy and disappearance of young, precious Maleah Davis.

From the moment that I got involved in Maleah Davis’ case, my soul purpose was NOT to protect any adult in this tragic circumstance. My soul desire was to find out what happened to Maleah Davis and where she is. In our (my team) investigation, we learned a lot of disturbing facts about this case.

  • Brittany confessed to me that she DID help cover up physical abuse from the hands of Maleah’s stepdad, Derion Vence
  • Brittany admitted to me that Darion had beaten Maleah so severely with a belt, that she wanted to take her to the emergency room but Derion (the stepdad) told her that they couldn’t because he was “not going to take the fall it” (meaning the abuse of Maleah).
  • Brittany admitted to me that the day she left for the airport, she discovered that Darion was sending nude photos of his private parts to another man and that while she was at the airport, she confronted him with this information. I said to Brittany, “how could you leave your daughter with a man that you know has physically abused your child, bathed your daughter without your permission, secretly brought her home from daycare without your knowledge, and was sending nude photos of himself to another man…and you still left Maleah with Darion to go out of town?” Her answer made me sick to my stomach!
  • I learned that Brittany was communicating with Darion through his brother by sending messages to give to him while in jail. The moment that I asked her a question about what she believed really happened to Maleah, her response with so disturbing that it coincided with what we believed happened to Maleah. I immediately went and met with investigators at the highest level of this case to share with them everything that I had learned, and it was at that point, I decided to step away.

Lastly, Vence’s attorney filed a motion to stop representing him earlier this week, claiming that Vence had failed to comply with the terms of their employment agreement and that payments had not been made to the attorney up to the date of the court filing.

Prior to these new developments, Houston Mayor Turner took to social media to thank all of the volunteers who were continuing the search for little Maleah and shared the sentiments of many in the Greater Houston area and across the country.

“Maleah is on the minds and hearts of people in the city and around the world,” said Mayor Turner. “No one will stop until she is found.”

Now, after the news of this jaw-dropping confession being revealed to investigators several days later and the discovery of these human remains in Arkansas, the Houston Police Department is headed to Arkansas to continue the search for little Maleah’s body.

This is a true tragedy.

Vence remains in custody and has been charged with tampering with evidence, and if convicted, he could be facing between 2 to 20 years in prison.

We will continue to monitor the details of this case and keep you updated on whether the human remains that have been found are those of little 4-year-old Maleah Davis.

Jeffrey Boney is a political analyst and frequent contributor for the NNPA Newswire and BlackPressUSA.com and the associate editor for the Houston Forward Times newspaper. Jeffrey is an award-winning journalist, dynamic, international speaker, experienced entrepreneur, business development strategist and founder and CEO of the Texas Business Alliance. Follow Jeffrey on Twitter @realtalkjunkies.

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PRESS ROOM: Black Female Excellence Takes Center Stage at St. Jude Spirit Of The Dream

NNPA NEWSWIRE — During the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream event, guests heard about the strides made by St. Jude on racial equity since its founding in 1962 as the South’s first fully integrated children’s hospital. As part of this commitment to racial equity, St. Jude launched a sickle cell program in 1968 to study this disease, which disproportionately affects African American people. That program has grown to become one of the largest in the U.S.
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Astronaut, doctor and non-profit executive are honored for outstanding achievements in advancing lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – For the first time in its history, the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream event selected women for each of its highest accolades: the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream award and the Legacy Award. The event, held Thursday, Sept. 29 celebrates the achievements of African Americans who embody the lifesaving mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and its founder, Danny Thomas who believed that no child, regardless of race should die in the dawn of life.

Dr. Patricia Adams-Graves, professor in the hematology/oncology division at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center and a provider at Regional One Health is one of few hematologists in Memphis to serve and care for adults living with Sickle Cell Disease, and Dr. Sian Proctor, an accomplished civilian astronaut, pilot, advocate for women of color in the space industry, entrepreneur, and professor of American geology, were both presented with the Spirit of the Dream award. Emily Greer, a 30-year executive leader, most recently as Chief Administrative Officer for ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude, received the St. Jude Legacy Award for her tireless service to St. Jude as a trusted advisor to CEO, Rick Shadyac. Though Greer retired in 2021, she remains committed to the mission of St. Jude.

Each honoree has made a significant impact far beyond their local communities. Together, their multiple accomplishments reflect the foundational pillars of St. Jude: research, treatment, and philanthropy.

“I didn’t come to ALSAC almost 30 years ago with the idea of sitting here today,” said Greer. “I came with the idea of serving these children and these families who get the worst news of all: that your child has cancer. And I just tried to do my small part in making a difference in their lives. It’s an honor to be recognized in this way to do work that was my privilege to do.”

The event also comes on the heels of the first anniversary of Inspiration4, the first all-civilian spaceflight to orbit the Earth, which landed safely back on Earth thanks to Dr. Proctor’s skillful navigation as the mission pilot. Inspiration4 captivated space fans the world over and raised nearly $250 million for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude.

“When I won the prosperity seat on the Inspiration4 mission, my entire life shifted,” said Dr. Proctor. “Becoming connected to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the mission of ending childhood cancer resonated with me to my core and allowed me to unleash the very best version of myself.”

During the St. Jude Spirit of the Dream event, guests heard about the strides made by St. Jude on racial equity since its founding in 1962 as the South’s first fully integrated children’s hospital. As part of this commitment to racial equity, St. Jude launched a sickle cell program in 1968 to study this disease, which disproportionately affects African American people. That program has grown to become one of the largest in the U.S.

As a physician in Memphis, Dr. Adams-Graves continues to extend quality care to sickle cell patients in the greater Midsouth region. “Receiving this award is an honor, pleasure and validation of the service that I have been walking in my life to improve the quality of life for individuals, both children and adults, living with sickle cell disease,” said Dr. Adams-Graves.

Past honorees include Dr. Rudolph Jackson, one of the first Black doctors at St. Jude, Penny Hardaway, University of Memphis Tigers head men’s basketball coach, and the city of Memphis.

To learn more and donate, visit stjude.org/spiritofthedream.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since the hospital opened in 1962. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Because of generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food, so they can focus on helping their child live. Visit St. Jude Inspire to discover powerful St. Jude stories of hope, strength, love and kindness. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook, following St. Jude on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and TikTok, and subscribing to its YouTube channel.

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Uniformed & Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) Vote-By-Mail Ballots to Be Mailed for the November 8, 2022, General Election

WESTSIDE GAZETTE — The deadline to request a UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballot is 5:00 p.m. October 29, 2022. UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballots can be returned by mail or faxed directly to the Supervisor of Elections office. Ballots cannot be emailed to us.
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Submitted by Ivan Castro | The Westside Gazette

BROWARD COUNTY, FL. — Over 4,000 Vote-By-Mail ballots for the General Election were sent to military and overseas citizens on September 24, 2022. In addition to registering to vote online, UOCAVA voters may request a Vote-By-Mail Ballot by using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

The deadline to request a UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballot is 5:00 p.m. October 29, 2022.

UOCAVA Vote-By-Mail ballots can be returned by mail or faxed directly to the Supervisor of Elections office. Ballots cannot be emailed to us.

An overseas voter has 10 extra days from election day for their Vote-By-Mail ballot to be received. The ballot must be postmarked or dated by Election Day November 8th.

Important Dates and Information for the General Election

  • New voters must be registered by Tuesday, October 11, 2022
  • Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2022

For further information regarding UOCAVA voters visit http://www.browardvotes.gov/Voter-Information/Oversees-Military-Voters.

Please visit our website browardvotes.gov, follow us on social media @browardvotes, and for media questions please contact: icastro@browardvotes

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What Hip-Hop Means to Benny The Butcher

NNPA NEWSWIRE — Hip-hop means everything to Benny The Butcher. Hip-Hop is the reason why I’m here. You see I’m nominated for Collab of the Year. You see I’m nominated for Lyricist of the Year. It means everything. I’m going to be there on the red carpet tomorrow with my s— on like this.
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The breakthrough for the Bufflao, New York, MC came later than most, but it’s here and it’s glorious

By Rashad Miligan | RollingOut.com

You never know when your life is going to change. Hip-hop has traditionally been considered as a space for young people. Two of this generation’s most influential artists, Chief Keef and Pop Smoke, both had their breakthroughs as teenagers. Nas released one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time with Illmatic at 17.

For Benny The Butcher, however, the breakthrough came at 34 in 2019 with the rise of his rap group Griselda, based out of Buffalo, New York. The group helped bring the grimy East Coast sound of rapping about selling cocaine over hard-hitting instrumentals back to listeners’ ears.

“He’s fam,” Wicked Money Family co-founder Iren “IG” Golder told rolling out. “East Coast represent. Bringing New York back, from the music to the production.”

During BET Hip-Hop Awards weekend in Atlanta, The Butcher spoke to rolling out about what hip-hop means to him, and what’s coming up next.

ATL Jacob is making his debut as an artist and his label has been signed under Republic Records. What is your message to ATL Jacob?

I want to say man he’s a hustler. He goes crazy. He and all his boys go crazy. That’s why I f— with them n—–. And as an artist, I’d be in the studio and that n—- playing s—, nasty s—. As good as anybody else I’ve heard, so I’m excited for him to do his thing.

What does hip-hop mean to Benny The Butcher?

Hip-hop means everything to Benny The Butcher. Hip-Hop is the reason why I’m here. You see I’m nominated for Collab of the Year. You see I’m nominated for Lyricist of the Year. It means everything. I’m going to be there on the red carpet tomorrow with my s— on like this.

What’s next for you?

Working with ATL Jacob, working with Symba. Just f— with everybody, getting game from the OGs, everybody. [Golder] is a hustler.

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