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Perceptions Of Black Men Don't Equal Reality

A new study found people viewed black men as larger and more able to cause harm than white men, which plays into an old stereotype.
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  • The University of Georgia has released incoming freshman D’Ante Demery from his national letter of intent following his arrest in Downtown Athens Saturday night. Demery was booked into the Clarke County jail 10:52pm Saturday night on a domestic violence charge. He was released after posting bond on Sunday afternoon.  Demery, a 6-foot-5 319 lb offensive lineman is a four star recruit from Brunswick, Ga, and was part of the Bulldogs’ No. 3 rated class nationally for 2017. He was set to arrive on campus this summer, and was in Athens this weekend as part of G-Day festivities.  The release from UGA:   “University of Georgia football signee D’Antne Demery has been released from his National Letter of Intent according to an announcement by UGA head coach Kirby Smart. The release follows Demery’s arrest Saturday night on charges of simple battery, criminal trespass-damaged property in downtown Athens. “The Brunswick, Ga., native signed with UGA in February and was scheduled to report to the University in June to begin classes.” Details of the arrest can be found in the following police report:  “On 04/22/17 at approximately 2115 hours, Downtown officers were dispatched to the area of the Waffle House, in reference to a black male choking (strangling) a female. Upon arrival, both individuals had left the area. Moments later, the victim called 911; advising that she wished to press charges against D’Antne Demery for hitting her. Contact was made with the victim in front of Boars Head. “She stated that she and Demery got into an argument; he began to get loud, she started to walk off, he told her ‘walk off again, and Imma show you.’ She began to walk away again, at which point, Demery came from behind her; grabbing her on the back of her neck; pushing her against the wall, and also grabbing her by the hair. They were eventually separated by friends. Demery was eventually able to reconnect with the victim, in which he threw her; causing her glasses to fall off, and her phone fell out of her hand; causing it to hit the ground which resulted in a crack to the screen. “The victim and Demery are dating and have a one month old child together. They came to Athens to attend the G-Day game. Contact was eventually made with Demery who admitted to having physical contact with the victim. There was also an independent witness who saw the incident take place. The victim advised that Demery has been physically violent with her in the past. They are from Brunswick, Georgia. Demery was placed under arrest for the above charges; placed inside the Transport Van, and transported to the Clarke County Jail without incident.”
  • Human remains found in Lumpkin County were that of missing Gwinnett County mother Tosha Herron, GBI officials confirmed Friday afternoon.  The 36-year-old mother of three was reported missing in October after her family found her car 150 feet down a ravine in the Chestatee Wildlife Management area. She was headed to Blue Ridge at the time, her family said.  The GBI and officials with the Gwinnett and Lumpkin sheriff’s offices found the remains Thursday night after expanding the search to the ravine off Ga. 129 in Lumpkin County. Officials had previously expanded the search when Herron first went missing.  A boot matching one that belonged to Herron was also found in the search, GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles said. The remains were taken to the GBI Medical Examiner’s office, Miles said. Officials did not release details on what may have happened to Herron. 
  • The Peabody Awards Board of Jurors today revealed seven Entertainment programs that are among this year's Peabody 30. Honorees include Beyonce's sublime visual album, stories that feature a powerhouse lineup of female characters and dramas that break the mold of typical television fare. The Peabody Awards are based at the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia. Documentary winners were announced on Tuesday. Winners in News, Radio/Podcast, Children's, Education, and Public Service will be revealed on April 25. Entertainment programming winners are: 'Atlanta' FX Productions (FX Networks) Donald Glover's enchanting series on the struggles of two young black men trying to make it in Atlanta's rap scene blends vibrant character study and rich socio-political commentary in delivering a detailed and textured exploration of a Southern city. 'Better Things' FX Productions (FX Networks) Co-created by Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., the result of this searingly funny and beautiful show is an at-times raw examination of the vicissitudes of working motherhood, crackling with feminist verve and energy, that consistently cuts new ground. 'Happy Valley' BBC One (BBC One, Netflix) A fresh take on the British crime drama that deals boldly and unflinchingly with the darkest human behavior while keeping its heart and even a tart sense of humor. Series creator Sally Wainwright has given us perhaps the greatest female lead on television today in Catherine Cawood, played by Sarah Lancashire in a stunning performance. 'Horace and Pete' Pig Newton Inc. (louisck.net) A true original that melds contemporary politics and serialized storytelling with a throwback approach, 'Horace and Pete' is a truly independent and groundbreaking demonstration of how quality television is expertly produced for the new media environment, all the while building upon decades of artistry and craft. 'Lemonade' HBO Entertainment in association with Parkwood Entertainment (HBO) 'Lemonade' draws from the prolific literary, musical, cinematic and aesthetic sensibilities of black cultural producers to create a rich tapestry of poetic innovation. The audacity of its reach and fierceness of its vision challenges our cultural imagination, while crafting a stunning and sublime masterpiece about the lives of women of color and the bonds of friendship seldom seen or heard in American popular culture. 'National Treasure'The Forge (Channel 4)A dark and timely examination of sexual abuse at the hands of privileged celebrity, 'National Treasure' is an engrossing series that explores the loyalty of family and friends during crisis, the impact of sexual abuse on victims and the legal system itself. As in real life, there's no neat ending in this dramatic rendering of one man's choices and the collateral damage he creates. 'VEEP' HBO Entertainment (HBO) A rare show blessed with a perfectly cast ensemble, including the comedic genius of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, 'VEEP' is a workplace comedy that not only captures the zeitgeist of the current bizarre political moment but also transcends its own form to deliver a sobering message, with sharp dialogue, street savvy-and lots of laughs.
  • Kirby Smart wanted a close game. He got his wish with that at G-Day on Saturday afternoon. He also got a lot of late 4-minute offense and 2-minute offense reps for his two young quarterbacks. Freshman Jake Fromm connected with sophomore Tyler Simmons for a 70-yard score with 3:48 to play. That gave the Red team a 22-16 lead. Jacob Eason led the first-team offense back with a 38-yard catch-and-rumble to sophomore tight end Charlie Woerner with 2:12 to play. Jacob Eason works the huddle of the Black Team during the UGA football G-Day game in Athens. (David Barnes/AJC) Then came the counterpunch. Jacob Eason led the first-team offense back with a 38-yard catch-and-rumble to sophomore tight end Charlie Woerner with 2:12 to play. The quick-strikes underscored the theme of the day: Georgia’s quarterbacks would throw for a combined 607 yards. But Fromm wasn’t done. He led the second-team offense to a game-winning field goal with 1:03 to go. Eason was unable to take the first-team offense down the field for the win. The other big storyline was the crowd. It wasn’t anywhere near the #93KDay of last year. There was an announced crowd of 66,133. There did not look to be that many folks on hand on Saturday afternoon. Here’s how it broke down: Star(s) of the game: Georgia, according to the experts, signed one of the nation’s Top 3 recruiting classes in 2017. Well, a pair of freshman made sure there was a pretty good opening act to the Bulldog careers. Fromm and Holloman connected for several big plays. The biggest was their 42-yard touchdown strike with 10:56 to go in the second quarter. Fromm, a freshman from Warner Robins, completed 14-of-23 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. Holloman caught three passes for 77 yards. Sophomore receiver Tyler Simmons also caught five passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. More stars (s): Jacob Eason went over the 300-yard mark and finished 16-of-36 for 311 yards and two touchdowns. He did throw an interception. The sophomore fed the ball to his first-string wideouts. Junior Terry Godwin caught five passes for 130 yards. Senior Javon Wims caught four passes for 96. Freshman early enrollee Richard LeCounte III also led both teams with his nine tackles working with the second-team defense. Turning point: Facing a 4th-and-12 late in the game, Fromm hit sophomore receiver Mecole Hardman, Jr. for a 38-yard game to spark the game’s final points. Questions answered: Holloman and Fromm can play. Sophomore kicker Rodrigo Blankenship missed an extra point late that would’ve given the Black team a 23-22 lead. He rebounded from that to kick the game-winning score with 1:03 left to play. Sophomore athlete Mecole Hardman, Jr. also contributed to the passing game with his three catches for 62 yards. The big question: Where was the running game? Georgia’s two teams only mustered up 45 carries for 65 yards in the team rushing total. Red team sophomore Elijah Holyfield led all rushers with his 15 carries for 41 yards. His 3-yard touchdown gave the Red squad a 14-3 lead with 5:25 left to play in the first half. Other questions looming: The first-team offensive line didn’t clear out much in the way of running room and Eason was under duress more that he might have expected. Those freshman defensive backs will likely get a look early because Jake Fromm and Jeremiah Holloman both took advantage of some second-team defensive backs with foreign jersey numbers. Those match-ups required both the fans and the press box population to check their rosters to figure out just who got beat on that play on a couple of occasions. Statistically speaking: The eye-popper of the first half had to be the struggles on the ground of the first-team offensive line against the second-team defense. The Bulldogs, of course, didn’t feature Nick Chubb or Sony Michel to any extent. But Brian Herrien had been one of the stars of spring practice. He had just eight carries for 12 yards. Jacob Eason was sacked two times which dropped the team rushing total to minus-3 yards on 11 attempts. Eason was also just 8-of-21 for 133 yards and one interception. Early enrollee Jake Fromm was on target for 7-of-10 for 100 yards with one touchdown. Those three incompletions would also fall in the drop category. What it means: Let’s be clear: This was a spring game. But it was the first real shot at a game simulation for a lot of young Bulldogs that should be placed in key roles for the first time this fall. Will anyone remember who won the game just four months from today? Probably not. They will remember that there were less than half as much fans in the stands for Georgia’s second G-Day under Kirby Smart.
  • More charges for the Clarke Central High School student arrested this week for possessing a firearm on campus. After further investigation by the Athens-Clarke County Police, Kenyas Yearby is now also charged with armed robbery, aggravated assault, possession of a firearm in the commission of a crime and possession of a firearm by a person under 18 years old.

Bulldog News

  • The University of Georgia has released incoming freshman D’Ante Demery from his national letter of intent following his arrest in Downtown Athens Saturday night. Demery was booked into the Clarke County jail 10:52pm Saturday night on a domestic violence charge. He was released after posting bond on Sunday afternoon.  Demery, a 6-foot-5 319 lb offensive lineman is a four star recruit from Brunswick, Ga, and was part of the Bulldogs’ No. 3 rated class nationally for 2017. He was set to arrive on campus this summer, and was in Athens this weekend as part of G-Day festivities.  The release from UGA:   “University of Georgia football signee D’Antne Demery has been released from his National Letter of Intent according to an announcement by UGA head coach Kirby Smart. The release follows Demery’s arrest Saturday night on charges of simple battery, criminal trespass-damaged property in downtown Athens. “The Brunswick, Ga., native signed with UGA in February and was scheduled to report to the University in June to begin classes.” Details of the arrest can be found in the following police report:  “On 04/22/17 at approximately 2115 hours, Downtown officers were dispatched to the area of the Waffle House, in reference to a black male choking (strangling) a female. Upon arrival, both individuals had left the area. Moments later, the victim called 911; advising that she wished to press charges against D’Antne Demery for hitting her. Contact was made with the victim in front of Boars Head. “She stated that she and Demery got into an argument; he began to get loud, she started to walk off, he told her ‘walk off again, and Imma show you.’ She began to walk away again, at which point, Demery came from behind her; grabbing her on the back of her neck; pushing her against the wall, and also grabbing her by the hair. They were eventually separated by friends. Demery was eventually able to reconnect with the victim, in which he threw her; causing her glasses to fall off, and her phone fell out of her hand; causing it to hit the ground which resulted in a crack to the screen. “The victim and Demery are dating and have a one month old child together. They came to Athens to attend the G-Day game. Contact was eventually made with Demery who admitted to having physical contact with the victim. There was also an independent witness who saw the incident take place. The victim advised that Demery has been physically violent with her in the past. They are from Brunswick, Georgia. Demery was placed under arrest for the above charges; placed inside the Transport Van, and transported to the Clarke County Jail without incident.”
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS ----- University of Georgia football fans will get their first glimpse of the 2017 edition of the Bulldogs this Saturday, when the Red team faces the Black team at the annual G-Day intrasquad game in Sanford Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. and admission to the game is free. Stadium gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and festivities will begin at 11:30, when more than 60 Bulldog lettermen convene on the field for their annual alumni flag football game. At 1:00 the 2017 Bulldogs will continue the Dawg Walk tradition when they enter Sanford Stadium from outside the Tate Student Center. G-Day has traditionally included a canned food drive in behalf of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia. This year, in lieu of bringing canned goods to the game, fans are asked to consider making monetary donations to the Food Bank at the United Healthcare display from 11:00 a.m. until kickoff. Donations will be accepted at Gates 6 and 7 and outside at Gate 10 underneath the bridge.  Additionally, fans will also be encouraged to help continue UGA’s drive to build a handicapped-accessible home for former Southern University football player Devon Gales, who suffered a career-ending spinal injury at Sanford Stadium in 2015. Donations can be made by texting “Devon” to the following number – (706) 204-1707 – or by writing a personal check, made payable to the Devon Gales House Construction Fund, and mailing to the following address: UGAAA 1 Selig Circle Butts-Mehre Hall, Room 402 Athens, GA 30603 Attn: Bryant Gantt At halftime, fans attending G-Day can expect to be introduced to UGA’s incoming class of 2017 signees. Additional activities during a packed, 12-minute intermission include: the Region’s Bank Cash Catch, where two lucky fans will compete for cash and prizes by attempting to catch passes from Bulldog alumni QBs D.J. Shockley and David Greene; and the Academy Punt, Pass or Kick promotion, when one lucky fan will win up to a $500 gift card to Academy Sports & Outdoors, and additional fans could win $50 gift cards to Academy. For the first time ever, Georgia’s coaching staff will present the annual Spring Awards on the field immediately after the G-Day game’s conclusion. The G-Day game will be televised nationally on the SEC Network, with Dave Neal and UGA alumni Matt Stinchcomb (in the booth) and Maria Taylor (sideline) calling the action. G-Day will also be carried on much of the Georgia Bulldogs Sports Network from IMG. Scott Howard and Eric Zeier will call the action, with Chuck Dowdle providing commentary from the sideline. UGA will use G-Day to implement the SEC’s Clear Bag Policy, which will go into effect at all SEC venues beginning this fall. The policy will also be in effect, beginning in the 2017-18 competition year, at all of UGA’s ticketed sports venues: Sanford Stadium, Stegeman Coliseum (men and women’s basketball, gymnastics) and Foley Field (baseball). More information on the SEC Clear Bag Policy can be found at: http://georgiadogs.com/clear-bag-policy. A schedule of events for this Saturday follows: • 11:00 – Sanford Stadium gates open • 11:30 – Lettermen’s Flag Football Game kicks off • 1:00 – Dawg Walk commences outside Tate Student Center • 2:00 – G-Day intrasquad game kicks off • 6:00 – UGA baseball vs. Vanderbilt at Foley Field
  • Crews are working to repair a partial collapse of a parking deck that is under construction on Thomas Street in Downtown Athens. The collapse occurred Thursday night on the top level of the deck near the Classic Center, causing minor injuries to two construction workers. Roads were temporarily shut down while authorities secured the area.  
  • From UGA Sports Communications ATHENS, Ga. --- The Bulldog bats got off to a hot start, as the offense guided the No. 22 Georgia softball team (30-15) to an 11-1 win in five innings against Georgia State (28-17) on Wednesday evening.   Georgia totaled 14 hits on the night with five Bulldogs notching two hits apiece. Alyssa DiCarlo collected four RBI on her two hits, including a three-run home run to bring in the game-ending runs. Along with DiCarlo, Cortni Emanuel and Alysen Febrey each scored twice in the contest.   Amanda Ablan (1-1) earned the first win of her collegiate career, going the first three innings with two hits, including a solo home run for GSU’s only score. The Georgia native walked three while striking out five. Kylie Bass closed it out, going two scoreless frames with two hits and a strikeout.   A two-out home run from GSU in the opening inning was quickly erased, as a six-run first for Georgia put the Bulldogs ahead for good. Georgia capitalized on eight hits and two errors in the frame.   Two more came in the second after Lacey Sumerlin roped a double to left center. After Febrey walked, a hit and error in Brea Dickey’s at-bat let Sumerlin score before an RBI single from Jordan Doggett made it an 8-1 ballgame.   DiCarlo closed out the contest in the fifth, as Ciara Bryan reached on a single to right before C. Emanuel got on via an error, setting up the game’s final runs with DiCarlo’s 11th home run of the season.   Georgia travels to No. 4 Texas A&M this weekend, taking on the Aggies starting Friday. The opening and closing game will be on SEC Network+/WatchESPN while Saturday’s contest will be featured on ESPN2.
  • The University of Georgia will host a gymnastics regional in 2019, announced by the NCAA on Tuesday.   The regional and championship sites for the 2019-2022 seasons were released in a video, with Fort Worth, Texas serving as the championship location for all four years.   The Gymdogs will play host on April 6, 2019 with LSU, Iowa State, Oklahoma, Michigan and Oregon State serving as the other regional sites. That regional is the only at home for UGA in the four-year window announced on Tuesday by the NCAA.   Since 1984, Georgia has hosted 10 gymnastics regionals, with the Gymdogs earning six regional championships. The team last hosted a regional in 2016, with Georgia and LSU advancing to nationals.   For all the latest on Georgia gymnastics, follow the team on Twitter (@UGAGymnastics), Instagram (ugagymnastics), Facebook (Georgia Gymnastics) and Snapchat (UGAGymdogs), and keep checking in to georgiadogs.com.   2019 Regional Hosts (April 6): LSU (Baton Rouge, La.), Iowa State (Ames, Iowa), Oklahoma (Norman, Okla.), Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Georgia (Athens, Ga.), Oregon State (Corvallis, Ore.) 2019 Championship Host (April 19-20): Texas Women’s (Fort Worth, Texas)   2020 Regional Hosts (April 4): Auburn (Auburn, Ala.), Denver (Denver, Colo.), Illinois (Champaign, Ill.), Penn State (University Park, Pa.), North Carolina State (Raleigh, N.C.), UCLA (Los Angeles, Calif.) 2020 Championship Host (April 17-18): Texas Women’s (Fort Worth, Texas)   2021 Regional Hosts (April 3): Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Ala.), Utah (Salt Lake City, Utah), Missouri (Columbia, Mo.), New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.), West Virginia (Morgantown, W. Va.) Washington (Seattle, Wash.) 2021 Championship Host (April 16-17): Texas Women’s (Fort Worth, Texas)   2022 Regional Hosts (April 2): Kentucky (Lexington, Ky.), Iowa (Iowa City, Iowa), Arkansas (Fayetteville, Ark.), Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.), North Carolina State (Raleigh, N.C.), Oregon State (Corvallis, Ore.) 2022 Championship Host (April 15-16): Texas Women’s (Fort Worth, Texas)