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Now for the news; We remember Regina “Mya” Allen, a Black trans woman who was killed in Milwaukee. Brittney Griner’s wife Cherelle visits the White House and I’ve got a lot of shout outs to share some good news. Let’s go!
For our leading story today, I want to talk about Milwaukee and what’s been going on there. According to the news publication them. three Blak trans women have been killed there in the last 12 weeks. The latest is Regina “Mya” Allen who was killed on August 29th outside of her home. Today, September 20th she would have turned 36 years old. The story goes that she met a guy named Clayton Hubbird at a gas station and got into his truck. Once they got to her home a witness says they heard arguing, a gunshot and then a scream of “I’ve been shot”. Clayton had shot Mya outside of her own home. Mya called police herself and she was able to provide them key details that helped them identify her killer. I’m talking about the make & model of the car, the fact that there was a baby seat in the back seat, and that they’d met at a gas station up the street. The police were able to find video footage from that gas station which gave them the lead they needed to identify Clayton. Clayton is now on the run and hopefully someone turns him in soon. Mya, we speak your name today.
As you all know we’ve been following the Brittney Griner really closely since she was arrested 215 days ago. Yes, that’s right. It’s been 215 days. Just Friday, President Biden met with Brittney’s wife Cherelle and Paul Whelan’s sister Elizabeth. He held separate meetings with both of them. Cherelle shared this on instagram “I want to thank President Biden for yesterday’s meeting as well as the Administration for its efforts to secure my wife’s release. It was an honor to speak with him directly about the Brittney we know and love. I’ve felt every minute of the grueling seven months without her. I look forward to the day my wife is back home. As my family and I continue on this journey, I’d like to thank the broad coalition of friends, leaders and supporters who continue to stand with us and advocate for Brittney’s swift and safe return. Let’s share a unified commitment to bringing all Americans home to their families and loved ones. Together We Are BG.” I will say through all of this she has been a rock from Brittney and their family.
A senior administration official told CNN last Thursday that there has been “movement but not breakthrough” on the efforts to get Griner and Whelan out of Russia. The official said that the United States has urged Russia to put forward “a serious counteroffer” to the proposal on the table to secure the release of the two, but quote “we’ve not gotten a serious response back…We’ve gotten back a repeated demand for something that we are not capable as a government of delivering on. I don’t mean not inclined to, I mean not capable of delivering on. It’s not something within our power to deliver. And I think anyone would see that as a non-serious counteroffer,” the official said without going into specifics.
As I’ve said many times Brittney is being used as political leverage. A pawn. Keep the prayers going up that the US can bring her & Paul home. Everyday is a day too long.
Last story, today is going to be a collection of shoutouts because lots of good things have happened. First, shoutout to Nneka Onuorah for winning her first Emmy for “Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program” for her work on Lizzo’s watch out for the big grrrls. Def go follow her life and work on IG. Next, I want to shout out the amazing people I met at the LGBTQ journalism association annual conference a couple weeks ago. The highlight for me was hearing Imara Jones give it to one of the attendees who asked the most ignorant question on the planet. Just know the question led with should we give the GOP some credit. Yup that happened. My last shout out is to the Las Vegas Aces for coming out on top and becoming the 2022 WNBA champions. I mean if my Sky is going to loose it better be to the team that takes it all. Big congrats to Aja Wilson, Becky Hammond, and Chelsea Gray.
Now, y’all know I always end with a word. Anna’s always got a word. Today I think we end with the word Sheryl Lee Ralph dropped when she won her first Emmy for best supporting actress for Abbott Elementary. What an extraordinary career she’s had. Keep dreaming family. Till tomorrow family, peace
Regina “Mya” Allen, a Milwaukee Black Trans Woman, Was Killed Just Shy of Her 36th Birthday