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Mass grave found in search for victims of 1921 Tulsa Massacre that wiped out Black community

About 300 Black residents were killed and over a thousand homes burned to the ground by white mobs was backed by local authorities.

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A mass grave has been unearthed in an Oklahoma cemetery as archaeologists continue to search for victims of one of the most terrible examples of racist mass terror in modern U.S. history, the 1921 Tulsa Massacre.

The Tulsa Massacre happened when a white mob assisted by the police set upon the city’s Greenwood district – a prosperous area known as Black Wall Street – in a two-day orgy of violence that claimed the lives of hundreds of Black victims and led to the decimation of upwards of 1,000 homes belonging to African American families.

On Wednesday, Oklahoma state archaeologist Kary Stackelback announced that her team had found the outlines of 10 coffins at Oaklawn Cemetary in Tulsa and that she has a “high degree of confidence that this is one of the locations that we have been looking for.”

However, investigators remain cautious about the finding because they haven’t yet exposed the likely human remains.

City officials began efforts to uncover the remains of victims of the 1921 massacre in 2018. An excavation of another area of the cemetery in July did not yield any results.

Since continuing the excavation on Monday, state archaeologists have already found one set of human remains and a suspected second set, which are both not yet confirmed to belong to the victims of the massacre.

“We still have a lot of work to do to identify the nature of that mass grave and identify who is in it, but what we do know, as of today, is that there is a mass grave in Oaklawn Cemetery where we have no record of anyone being buried,” said Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum in a Wednesday news conference, reports CNN.

Community members involved in the efforts hope that their findings can help shed light on the brutal disappearances and murders that effectively erased a thriving Black community off the face of the map, and was subsequently erased from official U.S. history.

“We basically are thinking of our loved ones, our community members who lost their lives very, very tragically,” said Brenda Alford, the chair of the investigation’s public oversight committee. “I am just very appreciative of all the hard work that is going into finding our truth, to again bring some sense of justice and healing to our community.”

The cemetery has been the focus of efforts after records showed that some 18 identified and unidentified victims of the race riots were buried in the seminary.

It is believed that about 300 African American residents of the North Tusla area were butchered by a white mob on May 31 and June 1, 1921, when mobs of vigilantes – aided by authorities on the local, state, and federal levels – swept through an area that was home to about 10,000 Black residents.

Tulsa’s Greenwood district, also known as Black Wall Street or “Little Africa,” had become a successful part of the city filled with Black-owned businesses, health clinics, law offices, churches, and even a Black-owned bus line. Several Black millionaires who had profited from the oil boom also resided in Greenwood. However, local white racists and the local press derided the area as “N*****town.”

The area was plunged into blood and fire on May 21 after a young Black man, Dick Rowland, was dragged to the Tulsa County Courthouse by a lynch-mob after he was accused of insulting a white woman.

A group of Black men arrived at the courthouse to defend Rowland from the crowd, and after a brief exchange of fire, police organized posses of deputized white men and gave them permission to rampage through Greenwood and loot, murder, and pillage the area.

As the orgy of violence reached its crescendo, private planes even dropped firebombs onto the Black businesses and residential buildings of Greenwood while gunmen strafed Black residents fleeing the massacre.

When all was said and done, as many as 300 people were killed and Black Wall Street was decimated. An account from Black attorney B.C. Franklin recalled the area was reduced to “ashes and burned safes and trunks and the like, where once stood beautiful homes” and businesses.

Victims’ families were also rounded up under martial law while bodies were buried in mass graves by strangers. Many families were never given notice of whether their loved ones died or even where they were buried. Some families still don’t know where their aunts, uncles, and grandparents disappeared to during that period.

The Tulsa Massacre has often been referred to as a “race riot,” but historians contend that the term hardly describes the scale of violence and complicity of local authorities, who even went so far as to block Red Cross medical personnel from entering Tulsa while forcing firemen to turn around at gunpoint when they entered the area.

 “The term riot is contentious, because it assumes that black people started the violence, as they were accused of doing by whites,” said Smithsonian Museum programmer John W. Franklin in a Smithsonian Magazine article. “We increasingly use the term massacre, or I use the European term, pogrom.”

The tragic episode was largely erased from the annals of official U.S. history until recent years, as Black historians and others have brought more attention to the massacre.

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Landlord Accused Of Kidnapping Tenants to Evict, Dumping Them in Cemetery

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Shockingly a New York landlord has been accused of kidnapping two tenants to evict them.

Shawn Douglas is accused of kidnapping two of his tenants from his property and dumping them in a cemetery 30 miles away, ABC News 10 reported.

The two tenants accused Douglas of kidnapping them while armed from their home at his property in the South End neighborhood of Albany, NY. Douglas is out on bail following the disturbing case.

In the police report, the two accusers state they were abducted, restrained with zip ties, and then covered with pillowcases before being dumped off in a cemetery in Ghent.

One of the victims was eventually able to free themselves from the restraints to seek help at a nearby house where they called the authorities on Douglas.

“He’s lucky they came out of that alive. They could have froze to death out there,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple told NBC News 10.

New York, has had an existing ban on evictions which expires on May 1st due to the current pandemic. Following the lifting of the ban on evictions, many court cases are expected to attempt to evict tenants across the state.

The Albany Police Department has not released any additional details about the case at this time. But more people could be charged in connection with the alleged kidnapping according to ABC News 10.

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FBI ‘Aware Of’ Alleged Spotting of UFO by American Airlines Pilot Over New Mexico

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New Mexico has long been considered the mecca for people interested in UFO incidents, with the southwestern state attracting tens of thousands of annual visitors to the alleged sites of close encounters in Roswell, as well as other sightings such as the Lonnie Zamora incident and the Aztec UFO crash.  

With such a rich history of alleged sightings of unidentified flying objects in New Mexico, it should come as no surprise that another close encounter has been reported – this time by a commercial airline pilot on Sunday afternoon.

At around 1 p.m. local time on Sunday, an unidentified aerial craft reportedly whooshed past American Airlines flight 2292 in the northern part of the state, startling the pilot who expressed his shock over the strange object flying overhead at a breathtaking rate of speed.

In a 15-second recording that was obtained by self-described “stealth chaser” Steve Douglass of Amarillo, Texas, and published on his blog Deep Black Horizon, the pilot can be heard excitedly communicating with air traffic controllers about the strange sighting he saw above the clouds during the passenger flight.

“Do you have any targets up here?” the pilot asks the Federal Aviation Administration traffic controllers.

“We just had something go right over the top of us,” he continues. “I hate to say this, but it looked like a long, cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast, and went right over the top of us.”

However, the response from Albuquerque Air Route Traffic Control Center can’t be heard due to local air traffic in Amarillo interfering with the channel, Douglass said. The blogger and author of “The Comprehensive Guide to Military Monitoring” also noted that there was no “no significant military aircraft presence was noted on ADS-B logs” and that the flight proceeded to land without incident at its destination in Phoenix, Arizona.

While the FAA has yet to comment on the strange encounter, American Airlines has confirmed that the recording of the radio communications with the pilot is fully authentic.

“Following a debrief with our Flight Crew and additional information received, we can confirm this radio transmission was from American Airlines Flight 2292 on Feb. 21,” a spokesman for the airliner wrote in an email to Fox News. The spokesman added that any additional inquiries should be addressed to the FBI.

However, the FBI response was equally opaque.

“The FBI is aware of the reported incident,” bureau spokesman Frank Connor wrote in an email. “While our policy is to neither confirm nor deny investigations, the FBI works continuously with our federal, state, local and tribal partners to share intelligence and protect the public.”

Furthermore, authorities at the nearby Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque reported that they had been alerted to the supposed encounter through the media, but officials at the base were not discussing the matter.

“We have no knowledge of this. We’re not aware of anything,” Lally Laksbergs told Wall Street Journal. Officials at White Sands Missile Range in southern New Mexico have not yet responded to media inquiries.

However, Douglass has expressed doubt that the close encounter was with a military projectile.

“It was a Sunday. Basically, it’s a military’s day off,” Douglass told KVII News, where he works as a photographer. “When tests occur, the military notifies the FAA, aircraft are kept out of the area and their schedules and strict flight lanes as aircraft need to stay in to not interfere with these tests. That’s not what happened.”

“Whatever it was came fast, right at them and right over them, which gave them a big enough scare that they had to report it,” he added. “If the military can’t explain what it is, what’s flying out there that we don’t know about?”

In recent years, officials with the U.S. government have been increasingly vocal in its discussions of UFOs, which they prefer to refer to as unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.

In September 2019, U.S. Navy officials admitted that widely-circulating video footage captured by Navy pilots purportedly showing UFOs flying through the skies did, in fact, depict actual “unknown” objects that flew into U.S. airspace. The videos had been released months prior by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences (TTS), a private “UFO research organization” founded by former Blink 182 frontman Tom De Longe. 

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Akon Finally Breaks Ground On His Futuristic $10 Billion Solar Powered “Crypto City”

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The rapper, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Akon has been making significant progress on his development plans in Africa, which involve the creation of a futuristic city that runs on clean energy and cryptocurrency.

In January of last year, Akon revealed that his agreements with Senegal President Macky Sall were going forward, and a few months later it was announced that the engineering and consulting firm KE International was awarded a $6 billion contract to build the city. The company previously said it had already received $4 billion from investors for the first two phases of Akon City’s construction, giving the project a price tag of at least $10 billion. 

The project goes much further than just this one city and it has already begun to make an impact across the continent. In the short time since the deal was finalized last year, a large number of solar street lights, and solar home lighting units, have been installed across 14 African countries, according to Akon Lighting Africa.

The effort was made possible by a private-public partnership model and a well-established network of partners including SOLEKTRA INT, SUMEC, and NARI.

Phase 1 of construction on the city is expected to be completed in 2023, and will include roads, a hospital, residences, hotels, a police station, a waste facility, a school, and a solar power plant. The entire city is expected to be finished around 2029. The city’s economy will be facilitated by Akon’s cryptocurrency “Akoin,” which runs on the Stellar blockchain. Stellar is a crypto ecosystem that includes its own cryptocurrency XLM, and also allows for the development of other projects, such as decentralized exchanges and additional currencies like Akoin. Banks around the world have also been considering using the Stellar blockchain for stablecoin deployment. 

Akon believes that cryptocurrency is the solution to the corruption problems that create widespread inequality in Africa because the blockchain provides a record that would make corruption extremely obvious if it were to take place. With an independent cryptocurrency, governments are unable to print money and devalue the currency, and the control of the money is decentralized.

In an interview with TMZ last year, Akon compared the vision that he has for the city with the fictional “Wakanda” from the movie Black Panther.

“This movie literally made an idea of what Africa could really be. It’s just ironic that I was already working on this before the movie came out, but it’s something that helped me a lot when I was trying to explain to explain to people what I was trying to do,” Akon said.

The city’s crypto-economic system will also solve many problems specific to the developing world, like instantly calculating conversation rates for currencies, which is often an obstacle because there are so many different regional currencies and methods of trade. In some cases, people even use prepaid cellphone minutes as a currency because it is easier to use and exchange than traditional currencies. Akon says that the Akoin wallet will allow users to trade between cryptocurrencies, fiat currencies, and cellphone minutes instantly without having to go through a major exchange using Atomic Swap technology. The app will also teach users to become more familiar with the technology in general.

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