Marissa Alexander Set Free

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News $ Jacksonville reports:  Marissa Alexander, a woman whose case helped bring national attention to Florida’s stand your ground and minimum sentencing laws, was allowed to leave jail late Tuesday afternoon to spend the rest of her sentence on house arrest.

Applause broke out in the courtroom when Judge James Daniel announced he would reject the prosecutors’ request for an additional two-year sentence and was releasing Alexander to community control.

As she left the courthouse, Alexander read a prepared statement:

“Today, after the sentence given by Judge Daniel, my family and I will be able to move on with our lives. Although the journey has been long and there’s been many difficult moments, I could not have arrived here, where I am today, without the thoughts, many thoughts and many prayers of so many people who voiced their support and encouragement. Words can never express my gratitude for those who stood beside me, including my children and family. I am also grateful that Judge Daniel approached this case with such care and diligence.”

In November, Alexander was sentenced to three years in jail after pleading guilty to three felony charges for firing a shot in the direction of her husband a two step-children. She got credit for all the time she was held after her initial arrest and first conviction, which was overturned on appeal. She was ordered to serve 65 days in jail, then two additional years under community control.

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Trumpet Awards Red Carpet and Behind the Scene

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The 2015 Trumpet Awards 

Cathy Hughes Founder of TV One invites you to attend the 2015 Trumpet Awards

The 2015 Trumpet Awards will air on February 21,2015, on TV One cable television network. The red carpet and behind the scenes coverage by the Caribbean Media Network USA, includes photos and videos of the 2015 honorees, including Jamie Fox, Janelle Monae, and the Isley Brothers.

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Whitney Movie Makes Great TV

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Saturday night’s premiere of “Whitney,” a Lifetime Original Movie, proved to be an absolute success, nabbing 4.5 million total viewers, including a social media takeover.

Although this rating made “Whitney” Lifetime’s most-watched program across all demographics since 2014’s “Flowers in the Attic,” it wasn’t enough to dethrone Flowers’ rating of 6.1 million.

The Houston biopic, which stars former “America’s Next Top Model” contestant Yaya DaCosta as the late pop superstar and Star Trek’s Arlen Escarpeta as Bobby Brown, was also the most tweeted about telecast of the day.

The movie, directed by Angela Bassett, was the subject of criticism by relatives of the singer, who died in February 2012.

The family issued a statement on WhitneyHouston.com ahead of Saturday’s broadcast, warning fans to “brace themselves for the worst.”

“If you watch this movie, watch it knowing that Lifetime is notorious for making bad biopics of deceased celebrities and brace yourself for the worst,” Pat Houston wrote.

While the movie itself lured 4.5 million viewers, Lifetime claims that the entire evening programming block, which included two specials afterward: “Bobby Brown: Remembering Whitney,” and “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances,” nabbed a whopping 11.8 million total viewers.

Story written by Ruu Hawkins @RUUBABIE