Many of us were still agonizing over the Trayvon Martin verdict when we became aware of another black teen who was killed by an older white male in Florida. Trayvon Martin, age 17, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman on February 26, 2012. Jordan Davis, also 17 years old, was shot and killed by Michael Dunn just 9 months later on November 23, 2012. Was Dunn emboldened by George Zimmerman or was this a part of a new and growing movement in Florida?
APLEBLOG readers may be a bit surprised we did not release an analysis of the Michael Dunn case before the verdict. However APLEBLOG was not going to release a story until the case came to a conclusion for multiple reasons. Just as expected there was not a conviction on the ultimate charge of first-degree murder, nor was there a second-degree murder or manslaughter finding by the jury. Instead there was hung jury because the twelve jurors were unable to come to an agreement on the ultimate charge of murder. However, the jury did convict Dunn of three counts of attempted second-degree murder on the basis of the three other teens in the vehicle the victim, Jordan Davis, occupied at the time of the shooting. Nonetheless this finding by the jury may not be upheld if Dunn appeals his conviction.
When Roz Abrams was honored by New York Women’s Agenda (NYWA) on December 19, 2013, we understood clearly why second takes are necessary. Personalities that magnetic do not go quietly into the night. After a successful career as one of New York’s favorite anchors on WABC-TV and WCBS-TV, Roz retired – but that was not the end of the Roz Abrams story.
Take two – Roz the actor!
During her speech on Awards Night, Roz impressed the audience with her wit, and stunned with her grace and humility. But the best part of her speech was when Roz spoke about her alliance with Red Wall Productions, headed by the husband and wife producer team of Craig T. Williams and Rosalyn Coleman Williams. The team is working on a pilot in which Abrams is cast as a retired anchor who, unable to walk away from the limelight, sets up a studio in her home from which she broadcasts the news – her way. Way to go, Roz!
Although Roz has not taken formal acting classes, there is no doubt that Roz will be able to parlay her 20 plus years of experience as a television news journalist into a successful acting career. While we look forward to the antics and humor Roz will bring, we also want to hear the truth about journalism including the triumphs and the pain. We can’t wait to see Roz on the small screen again. We wish Roz and Red Wall Productions the best.
People remember Charlie Crist as the former Florida governor, but he is no stranger to the law. He was Florida’s attorney general before his governorship and since he lost his Senate bid to Marco Rubio he joined the Central Florida law firm Morgan & Morgan. Now Charlie Crist and Matt Morgan of Morgan & Morgan are making news because they represent Rebecca’s mother, Tricia Norman, in a wrongful death suit. Good luck chuck!