UPDATE: Vester Lee Flanagan, the man suspected of shooting and killing WDBJ7 reporter, Alison Parker and cameraman, Adam Ward, turned the gun on himself during this morning’s police pursuit.
The man suspected of shooting and killing a TV crew in Virginia has been identified as 41-year-old, Vester Lee Flanagan.
Police suspect that Flanagan killed WDBJ7 reporter, Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman, Adam Ward, 27, during a live broadcast from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta. It’s being reported that Flanagan was a disgruntled, former WDBJ7 employee who had been let go from the station in February 2013.
Following the shooting, the alleged suspect posted a video of the shooting on his Facebook page, which has since been shut down. Some of his latest posts on Facebook included a scene from Dynasty of a woman being choked and a fluffy cat video.
It is also being reported that the Oakland native sent a manifesto to ABC News.
A motive is still unclear, but apparently, Parker had used some racial slurs toward Vester in the past. Flanagan has also complained about racial discrimination in past jobs.
Flanagan, who also goes by the name of Bryce Williams, worked as a reporter at a number of stations throughout the South, including WNCT in Greenville, NC, WTWC in Tallahassee, and WTOC in Savannah.
Netflix’s ‘Step Sisters’ Is ‘Bring It On’ … But Way More Woke!
Netflix is getting ready to “Bring It On” … in more ways than one. The streaming service’s new flick Step Sisters is reminiscent of the 90s dance film, but delves deeper into racial themes like cultural appropriation, tokenization and interracial dating.
In the film Megalyn Echikunwoke (Arrow) plays the president of a black sorority who is tasked with teaching one of the campus’ white sororities how to step for a charity competition. At first glimpse the film seems to be stepping into a can of worms — and had folks on Twitter up in arms, but the creators and cast told HipHollywood it isn’t about cultural appropriation but instead cultural exchange.
“There’s a strong political message, and there’s a lot of racial content,” said Nia Jervier. “But I think that the pill that may be difficult to swallow is dipped in honey, because it’s funny.”
What also helps is that producer/writers like Lena Waithe (Masters of None), Chuck Hayward (Dear White People) and Ben Cory Jones (Underground) are behind the project – so you know it’s woke.
“At the end of the day, Jamila the lead character in our minds she’s reaching over to show them a part of our culture. It doesn’t dilute our culture,” said Jones. ” And I love that we can take stepping and evolve that into issues of race and culture.”
Step Sisters begins streaming on Netflix January 20th.
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