Kimberly Jones, which is the 29 year old rapper’s real name, tried to use an arsenal of ruffles and ringlets, bow ties and chignons to erase an image defined by pasties, exposed G strings and plunging necklines. Her courtroom ensembles asked the jury to view her as innocent, naive, professional, hardworking, self made . Anything but an unsympathetic, self indulgent sexual provocateur. On the red carpet, a nearly naked Jones might embrace the Madonna/Christina Aguilera/Britney Spears philosophy, in which a lack of clothing suggests sexual control, power and confidence.
Andrews, brought the system of indenture to a close in 1917, but not before 1.5 million Indians had sold themselves into debt bondage. They lived in appalling conditions, in the “lines” formerly inhabited by the slaves. These Indians humanized the landscape, tilled the soil, and put the food on tables: they are the great unsung heroes and heroines of the diaspora..
Lancaster County, Pennsylvania (CNN) Among the flowers and plants in Marie Monville’s sunny yard sits a rosebush, a gift from her first husband, Charlie.A few years ago, Monville painstakingly unearthed the roots and transplanted the bush from her old house 10 miles away a house that Charlie had thrown into tumult and grief.The bush’s prickles recall the pain she and her family have endured, Monville said, and its peach colored blossoms offer a yearly reminder that God creates new life from old.After years of silence, Monville is now telling a story of her own.It’s the story of how a milkman’s daughter became a murderer’s wife, and how she found a divine calling after a devastating tragedy.”If this wasn’t my life,” Monville said during a recent interview in her kitchen, family pictures smiling from the fridge, “I never would have expected it to look this beautiful.”On October 2, 2006, Charlie Roberts then Monville’s husband burst into a one room Amish schoolhouse in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, with a handgun, a 12 gauge shotgun, a rifle, cans of black powder, a stun gun, two knives, a toolbox and restraint devices.Roberts ordered a teacher, a teacher’s aide and the boysto leave, then bound 10 young schoolgirls and lined them up against the blackboard.He boarded the windows, apparently preparing for a long siege, but as police surrounded the schoolhouse, Roberts shot all 10 girls before killing himself. Five girls died; the others were severely wounded.The gentle, quiet man who had shared Monville bed, children and life was now a mass murderer, guilty of unfathomable evil.In mere hours, Monville lost her husband, and her children lost their father. Her close knit community was terrorized and her family name disgraced.