Casme to Air on NBC’s “The Voice” Early This Week

While the performer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Casme has to remain mum on details, she does enthusiastically describe the hosts as “Amazing …

Casme, the multi-talented singer-songwriter-actress and so much more, is bringing her powerhouse vocals to NBC’s The Voice. As viewers of the show will know, the exact date of the performance cannot be revealed but fans should tune in both Monday, October 26 and Tuesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. CDT on NBC/WDSU to catch Casme’s audition round on the competition show hosted by Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Carson Daly, and John Legend.

While the performer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Casme has to remain mum on details, she does enthusiastically describe the hosts as “Amazing and very nice!”

The New Orleans native has traveled the world as an entertainer and philanthropist. She recently released her newest collection of work “GUMBO” which include over 40 records from all genres of music including Soul, Funk, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Folk & Pop. Casme’ has been ranked #1 on ReverbNation for the past 6 years and has won many competitions including ESSENCE Fest & NOMS 2019 “New Orleans Music Showcase”, Arthel Neville’s “Sing Like a Star,”and the Hard Rock Cafe Battle of The Band Rising. She is a leant her vocal talents to many artists including Trina Braxton, American Idol’s Kimberly Locke, Keith Urban, Carl Thomas, Aaron Hall, Lil G(Silk), Tony Toni Tone’ and more.

Other New Orleanians who have been seen on The Voice include Terry McDermott (a Scottish transplant who made it to the finals) and Jordan Chase, amongst others.

Soledad O’Brien’s ‘Matter of Fact’ debuts on WCVB

“[Philanthropists] have to understand why their philanthropy is necessary in the first place. And it’s because we’re not addressing these bigger issues,” …

During a year in which each month introduces a new tragedy, candid conversation can be hard to find. One journalist has recognized this moment as the perfect time to televise the urgent conversation on racial justice, starting with all the ways bias affects our lives.

Soledad O’Brien’s new series, the “Matter of Fact Listening Tour,” tackles 2020’s issues by introducing new voices in the conversation and addresses the reality of our country’s troubles through open conversations with experts and everyday people. WCVB-TV launched the series on Oct. 8, along with the Hearst network of stations and newspapers.

Hearst has expanded accessibility of these conversations on race and justice by premiering them live on digital platforms as well. According to a press release, “‘The Hard Truth About Bias: Images and Reality’ is the first installment of the Matter of Fact Listening Tour, with a series of quarterly virtual forums to be presented in 2021.”

The first episode features Wes Moore, CEO of Robin Hood, an organization that fights poverty, and author of the New York Times Bestseller “The Other Wes Moore,” where he explores the lives of two men with the same name who had opposite outcomes in life due to access and opportunity.

When asked by O’Brien to explain how race and poverty intersect, he said, “Race is the most predictive indicator for life outcomes … Everything from income and wealth, to educational attainment, to maternal mortality.”

He noted that only 10% of all philanthropic donations go to organizations led by people of color.

“[Philanthropists] have to understand why their philanthropy is necessary in the first place. And it’s because we’re not addressing these bigger issues,” Moore said, adding that it’s important to listen to people who are closest to the problem.

Another segment in the 90-minute program featured six strangers, who watched viral videos of incidents where white people were being racially insensitive or accusing Black people of things they did not do, subsequently putting them in danger. While the videos played, the strangers spoke in a group chat anonymously. Afterward, they saw each other’s faces over video chat and discussed their thoughts.

While one white male said that it isn’t always about race, and that Black people discriminate too, two Black women and another Black man explained to him that racism is more than just discrimination — it’s about the power that white people hold over Black people’s lives.

O’Brien also invited former ESPN reporter Jemele Hill to discuss bias in the NFL, since she drew fire for her support of Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protest. O’Brien noted that women like Hill are often left out of the conversation on racial justice, to which Hill replied, “They are better equipped to fight this than anybody.”

“There’s a long history of Black people being accepted for the entertainment they provide, up until they remind those who are paying them … that they’re actually Black people who have to live in America,” Hill said.

Other guests were able to examine the psychological origins of bias and whether racial justice is a political issue or a moral one. The goal of the first installment of this special was not to come to a conclusion about America’s battle with bias, but to listen in order to uncover truths the viewer may not have considered before.

The listening tour’s long list of guests includes journalists Dorothy Tucker and Joie Chen, Oscar-winning filmmaker John Ridley, and Dr. Rashawn Ray, professor of sociology at the University of Maryland. The listening tour will have quarterly installments throughout 2021, each focused on a specific topic like the first.

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Omaha police: Lyft driver in jail after allegedly threatening to kill passenger

Omaha police said a Lyft driver threatened to kill his passenger as he ran after her and tried to grab her. Investigators said Joseph Kujath, 34, was …
OMAHA, Neb. —

Omaha police said a Lyft driver threatened to kill his passenger as he ran after her and tried to grab her.

Investigators said Joseph Kujath, 34, was arrested on one count of making terroristic threats. He is currently in custody at the Douglas County Jail, held on $250,000 bail.

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“We want to make sure that person, if the allegations are accurate and true, can’t do anything to anybody else,” Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said.

Omaha police said when officers met with the 24-year-old woman who reported being attacked, she was “visibly shaken.” Police also said her quick thinking with pepper spray subdued Kujath.

According to police records, the woman left a Midtown-area bar at around 3 a.m. on Aug. 24.

She requested a ride home through Lyft, and was picked up by a black Chrysler 300 driven by Kujath.

After reviewing court records, KETV Newswatch 7 learned that once the car arrived at the victim’s home, Kujath allegedly got out of his car, followed her and said, “I am going to kill you.”

Kleine said the nature of Kujath’s alleged threats would tell his prosecutors and law enforcement that the individual in question is “very dangerous.”

Kleine said the woman then pulled out a can of pepper spray and sprayed it at Kujath’s face. Kleine said passengers using any ride-share service should consider carrying some form of protection.

“I think that’s why people need to be extra cautious when they’re in an extremely vulnerable situation — depending on somebody else who they don’t know, who they’ve never dealt with before or aren’t familiar with,” he said.

Reports said the chemicals prevented Kujath from grabbing the woman, so he got back to his car and drove away from the drop-off location.

Omaha police ultimately traced Kujath’s car back to his apartment. Reports also showed officers said Kujath’s eyes were red and swollen, which is consistent with exposure to pepper spray.

KETV Newswatch 7 contacted Lyft for comment on the incident and is still waiting for a response.

Kleine said these types of attacks are a public safety concern for his office and that he hopes ride-sharing companies continue to stress vetting all drivers carefully.

Iowa man accused of attacking Uber driver

Patrick Kilmer, 23, is accused of assaulting an Uber driver after being picked up around 2 a.m.. Investigators said Kilmer originally entered the vehicle, …
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa —

An Iowa man surrendered to police Thursday after authorities said he beat up a ride-sharing driver after a night of New Year’s revelry, KCCI reported.

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West Des Moines police said a plea for help on the department’s Facebook page helped catch the suspect, the television station reported.

Patrick Kilmer, 23, is accused of assaulting an Uber driver after being picked up around 2 a.m.

Investigators said Kilmer originally entered the vehicle, which was not scheduled to pick him up, WOI reported. When the driver told Kilmer to get out, he refused and allegedly offered the driver $200 to take him and a woman to Ankeny, the television station reported.

The driver refused but did take the couple to a Homewood Suites motel, WOI reported. At that point, Kilmer allegedly hit the driver twice, KCCI reported.

“If I were in that position, I would have been scared,” Sgt. Dan Wade of the West Des Moines Police Department told the television station.

Police used surveillance video from the motel to post stills on social media.

“That was huge, so this was a pretty unique scenario where we had a really high-quality picture,” Wade told KCCI. “It was a good picture, which we don’t always get.”

Kilmer turned himself in within two hours, the television station reported. He has since been released from the Dallas County Jail.