Judge Michelle Odinet in Louisiana Asks For 'Forgiveness' After Video Shows Repeated Use Of N-Word In Her Home


by Josephine Harvey
Lafayette City Court Judge Michelle Odinet in Louisiana claimed she had taken a sedative at the time and had no recollection of the video.

Judge Michelle Odinet
12/14/2021 09:55pm ESTA judge in Louisiana, Michelle Odinet, has asked for “forgiveness and understanding” after a video surfaced capturing a series of racist remarks as her family gathered to watch security footage of an attempted burglary at their home.

A Black man was reportedly arrested in connection with the burglary at the Lafayette City Court judge’s home in Bendel Gardens over the weekend. A video that circulated after the incident appeared to show members of her family joking and using the N-word to recap the burglary while they watched the security footage. Odinet, who has four children, confirmed to local news site The Current that the footage was from her home. It’s unclear who shot it, who exactly is using the language and who sent it to several members of the local media.

The site also published the video, which contains disturbing and explicit language amid joking and laughter.

At one point, a voice is heard saying, “And mom’s yelling n****r, n****r,” to which a woman’s voice answered: “We have a n****r. It’s a n****r, like a roach.” more

REST IN PEACE: Robbie Shakespeare of Sly and Robbie fame has died at 68 y-o

December 8, 2021

Robbie Shakespeare, one half of the powerhouse rhythm duo of Sly and Robbie, has died.

A close associate confirmed his passing to The Gleaner a short while ago.

Shakespeare had reportedly been ailing for some time and had undergone surgery related to his kidneys. He was living overseas and was in hospital in Florida.

In July last year, he placed at Number 17 on 'The 50 Greatest Bassists of All Time list', compiled by the prestigious Rolling Stone magazine. When The Gleaner reached out to the Grammy award-winning bassist at the time, he said he was humbled by the recognition,

Robbie Shakespeare
"Bwoy, I appreciate the fact that others looking in can see what we are doing for the music. This makes me feel like a baby." The A-lister, whose fingers have lovingly stroked the chords on many hit songs for artistes, including Gwen Guthrie, Grace Jones, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Bob Dylan and Peter Tosh, spoke passionately of the value of hard work while subtly throwing shade at the 'entitlement' culture.

"No matter how much people hail Sly and Robbie as the legends, and despite two Grammy wins and 11 nominations, we never ever feel like anything we get in life, we must get it. There have been a lot of sleepless nights and 'eatless' nights, too. Nuff time we go to bed hungry, so we remember these things and take stock. There are so many other great bassists out there who they could have chosen, and yet they chose me, and I am grateful," Robbie Shakespeare told The Gleaner.

ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica : Slain basic school teacher, Chanel Smith remembered as humble, quiet and much-loved

December 8, 2021

Chanel Smith
ST ELIZABETH, Jamaica – Teachers at the Sandy Bank
primary and basic schools in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, believe they have been robbed following the killing of one of their colleagues Tuesday morning.

Chanel Smith, who at the time of her death worked at the basic school but taught at the primary school prior to that, was shot dead by gunmen near the school gate.

“This is an angel that they took away from us,” one teacher told OBSERVER ONLINE. “She was molding the children helping them to achieve their dreams and look what they did.”

The teacher described Smith as someone who was very humble and quiet. “I've never heard her raise her voice yet,” she recalled. “When she started we were wondering if she was in the right field. When she spoke, you could hardly hear her.”

Chanel Smith
She said Smith got better at her craft overtime until she became one of the most-loved teachers at the institution. Police reported that shortly before 8 am, Smith was about to enter the school when one of two men, who were near the gate pretending to fix a motorcycle, pulled a gun and shot her several times. She was rushed to hospital where she died. 

The Pedro Plains police are asking anyone with information regarding the killing to contact any police station.

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