OTC's Top Five News Stories This Week

Tamir Rice Shooting

On November 22, 12 year old Tamir Rice was shot by a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio. Rice was in a park playing with an Airsoft replica of a semi-automatic weapon. Surveillance footage showed a vehicle pulling up to Rice, and rookie cop Timothy Loehmann getting out of the still-moving vehicle, and shooting Rice down. Rice died the following day at the hospital. While the police department stands by its claim that they believed the gun to be real, many are devastated and up in arms. This gives me one more reason to hate guns and everything they stand for, let that be known. #RIPTamirRice


Eric Garner Decision

Earlier this week, a New York grand jury decided not to indict the Staten Island officer who put 43 year old Eric Garner in a deadly chokehold—sidenote, a completely illegal move— this last summer. The entire incident was caught on video camera by Garner's friend, Ramsey Orta. Orta told TIME magazine, "It just gives me more power to not be afriad to pull out my camera anytime." However, despite the video, no charges were made. 

 From the Ferguson riots, to the Tamir Rice shooting, to this recent decision, the relationship between the police and the general public is not looking good right now. New York City erupted in protest immediately after the grand jury decision as did social media platforms, but the biggest issue that remains is that of the body camera. People may soon begin to lose faith in the idea of the "public eye," if that eye still means nothing to a grand jury.  #RIPEricGarner


Lil Wayne Wants Off Cash Money Records

With upcoming album Tha Carter V being held up time and time again, Weezy seems to have had enough. The rapper tweeted the following out to his fans:

To all my fans, I want you to know that my album won’t and hasn’t been released bekuz [label co-founder] Baby and Cash Money Records refuse to release it,” he wrote. “This is not my fault. I am truly and deeply sorry to all my fans but most of all to myself and my family for putting us in this situation.

I want off this label and nothing to do with these people but unfortunately it ain’t that easy,” he continued. “I am a prisoner and so is my creativity. Again, I am truly sorry and I don’t blame ya if ya fed up with waiting for me and this album. But thank you.

Cash Money Records has released all of Weezy's albums and was the giant umbrella under which his project and baby Young Money was born. Lil Wayne calls his contract to Cash Money a "prison sentence" but time will tell whether he will actually break ties completely. 


Lady Gaga Rape Confession

Earlier this week, Lady Gaga admitted in a radio interview with Howard Stern that she was raped as a teenager, several years ago. The pop star said that the man who raped her was 20 years older than her and took advantage of her when she was 18 or 19 years old. 

I didn’t tell anybody — I didn’t even tell myself for the longest time,” she said. “Then I was like, you know what, all this drinking and all this nonsense, you have to go to the source, otherwise it won’t go away.

Between Ke$ha, Gaga, and Shia coming forward this year, as well as all of the Cosby accusations, it's clear that rape is still a serious issue in our society that needs to be addressed. I'm waiting for the day that changes but until then, please always speak out ladies and gents. 


Peter Pan Live!

Alright, we'll end this week in news on a positive note since everything else in the world is so beyond upsetting. So last night NBC aired a live version of Peter Pan, starring Alison Williams and Christopher Walken. Ok, I think everyone and their mom ended up tuning in to watch this. But can we please just get this out of the way and admit that the Wendy in this version is a 45 year old? She's a 45 year old PTA mom constantly plotting to hookup with Alison Williams. Also, Christopher Walken was the sweetest Captain Hook I've ever laid eyes upon. Really confused and still processing this movie, but will get back to you all later on this. Actually, I'm just going to give it an A right now, because it somehow managed to keep me enthralled for three hours without me breaking down in tears or changing it to Khloe and Kourtney Take The Hamptons. Help.