Bride-to-Be, #JustineDamond,  Calls 911 & Ends Up Dead

Justine Damond, Facebook


Justine Damond, a 40 year-old yoga and meditation instructor, was just a few weeks away from getting married. This should have been one of the happiest times in her life, yet it turned tragic near midnight on Saturday when she called the police reporting that she heard a noise in an alleyway behind her home. 

According to the New York Daily News, she met the police outside while wearing her pajamas and that’s when things went south. An officer in the police car shot and killed unarmed Damond. 

A blonde-haired, white woman is not your average case of police brutality in America, as we have seen unarmed black men and women killed over and over again and not one cop convicted or held accountable for it. 

Eric Garner, Sandra Bland, Tamir Rice, Philando Castile, Trayvon Martin, and most recently DeJuan Guillory are just a few of those black men and women who died at the hands of those who were sworn in to “protect and serve”. 

Apparently, the police car’s dash camera did not capture the moments that lead to Daymond’s death and the officer’s body camera’s were shut off. 

According to KARE, the officer who pulled the trigger was Mohamed Noor, who came to the United States from Somali at a young age and joined the Minneapolis Police Department in March 2015.

Noor’s lawyer, Tom Plunkett, issued a statement.

No details have been given at this time as to why the police felt it was necessary to shoot Damond. She Was known for being a spiritual healer and was from Australia, but had relocated to Minneapolis.
Both of the officers involved are on paid administrative leave which isn’t a surprise compared to the similar brutalities listed above. 

A report by NBC News stated that Daymond’s family issued the following statement:

“This is a very difficult time for our family. We are trying to come to terms with this tragedy and to understand why this has happened,” read the statement. 

Don Damond, told reporters Monday that he and the Ruszczyk (Damond’s real last name) family were heartbroken.

While families and friends of Damond are looking for answers, people have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts.

Right is right and wrong is wrong regardless of race, gender, or status. This instance keeps reoccurring across the country and must come to an end because too many lives are being taken by those who are supposed to be there to help us, not kill us. 

UPDATE The audio transcripts of Damond’s 911 calls have been released: 

http://www.fox9.com/news/268861697-story
Share your thoughts below or tag @iamashleyalove with updates. 

Wth? According to Walmart, the N-word is a color now! 

It was brought to my attention in a Facebook group that I am part of, that Walmart has a wig cap for sale in the color “N*gger Brown”. I clicked the link and sure enough it was right there plain as day. 


Product LINK: https://www.walmart.com/ip/Jagazi-Natural-s-Full-Cap-Weaving-Net-Durable-Stretchy-Weaving-Net-Weaving-Cap-Wig-Cap-Size-M-Nigger-Brown/886390492

Walmart has since made the product not available. 


@Walmart, what the hell is going on? Do employees even read over the descriptions and approve them before they are LIVE for the world? If not, y’all need to tighten up on that and if so well someone needs to be held accountable because this is unacceptable. 

#DeJuanGuillory, Unarmed Man Shot by Police in Louisiana – What we know… *Updated 7/8


Unarmed #DejuanGullory (27), a father of three, was shot in the back by an Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy in Mamou, Louisiana near 4:10 am on Thursday, July 6th. . 

There have been conflicting stories since the news broke early in the morning. 

According to WAFB, Channel 9 News (Website)

According to LSP, the deputy responded to an attempted burglary call in the town of Mamou Thursday morning at roughly 4:10 a.m. 

When the deputy got to the scene, he found Dejuan Guillory. The release did not say whether Guillory was suspected of committing the alleged attempted burglary.  
“Once contact was made, an altercation between Guillory and the deputy occurred,” states a press release. “During the altercation, Guillory was shot.”  
Guillory was pronounced dead at the scene.  

During the struggle, the deputy was injured and was taken to a local hospital. Officials did not provide details regarding his injury.  
The deputy, whose name was not provided, is reportedly in stable condition.
Later in the evening, investigators with LSP arrested Dequine E. Brown, 21, of Church Point in connection with the case. Officials say Brown was with Dejuan Guillory during the incident. She is charged with attempted first degree murder of a police officer and was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail.  

Then later today this was released on Pinpoint News:

Mamou, LA- Ville Platte Deputy Paul Holden LaFluer was the officer involved in the shooting this morning.

According to the family, the girlfriend of Deputy LaFluer had been having an affair with Guillory.

Between 4-5am, Guillory and the girlfriend of LaFluer were out riding Guillory’s 4-wheeler to catch frogs; frogging.

It’s reported that the officer sustained injuries in the scuffle that ensued but no gunshot as originally reported. Guillory was unarmed although his fists are considered deadly (fighter).

The family of DeJuan Guillory viewed his body and said that DeJuan Guillory was shot 4 times in the back. They saw NO exit or entry wounds on the chest.

It is speculated by family members that because Guillory has a record and has recently served time for attempting to stealing an ATM, family members believe police said the deputy was there to investigate a burglary.

He’s beloved in the community by all races. All-star athlete, father, and business owner, Guillory fell on hard times and took to crime when he was younger. He turned his life around.

He was seen last night in a good mood from being paid on a big concrete project. His family and friends are speaking out saying he had no need to steal anything.

There is an outpouring of support for him on social media but the local media is not reporting on any details other than him being a possible suspect.

Community members in Evangeline Parish have stressed that their parish has a reputation for being the most corrupt department in the state.

In an emotional post by Guillory’s sister, she denies the “attempted burglary” story and says her brother was riding a four wheeler with a friend unarmed when he was shot. 

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Friends and Family took to DeJuan’s Facebook page to show their respects, share memories and post their unfiltered thoughts on what really happened to him. 

Some of the posts…






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This evening it was reported by WAFB that Dequine E. Brown, 21, of Church Point in connection with the case. Officials say Brown was with Dejuan Guillory during the incident. She is charged with attempted first degree murder of a police officer and was booked into the Evangeline Parish Jail.

Brown’s sister posted on Twitter about the situation: 

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#BlackTwitter is slowly but surely lighting up with the Hashtags…

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Update Saturday, July 8 

Dequince Brown’s Attorney spoke out on the case telling Brown’s side of the story including that Dejuan was laying facedown on the ground with his hands behind his back when he was shot four times and she fought the officer to try to prevent DeJuan from execution. 




Click here to watch the oh-so-short press conference. Never seen one last a minute and sixteen seconds before… Really? 

This is the cop who shot DeJuan:

DeQuince has been released! Update 07/11/2017

https://www.instagram.com/p/BWagQ4RjB9i/


As more updates are made known, I will update this page. 

Please grab the following graphics, use the #DeJuanGuillory and #JusticeForDeJuan hashtags. Share with news, celebrities, friends, neighbors. 



 This can’t keep happening. We must unite together to stand up against injustice. Individually we can make noise, but together we can impact and influence change! 

***If you have an update you would like added to this page, tag me @iamashleyalove on social media. 

#BlackLivesMatter. Period.

 I wrote this last year and it still stands true today — 

Ummm…I won’t just sit back and be quiet! The person I was before all this is the person I am today. It took me years to find my voice and I am going to use it to stand for what I believe in. I will not silence my voice to please others when my daughters are looked at differently than I am just because of their skin color, my best friends are black males and my kids father is a black man and I pray for all of them and every other black man and woman in America that they realize #BlackLivesMatter..Period.

Yes, ALL lives matter. I matter. YOU matter. WE matter. BUT until BLACK lives matter we cannot say ALL LIVES MATTER because that is not the truth.

As a white woman, I have no idea how it feels to be black. I can sympathize from what I have seen happen to those closest to me, but I cannot empathize because my skin color is not hated upon every day. They do not watch me closely when I go into a store thinking I’m going to steal something. I don’t get pulled over and shot at just for being me. Although I wasn’t born into the privelidged life and money has always been kinda funny and I’ve had my share of struggles, my skin color makes me privelidged. I don’t have to worry each moment that my father or brother will get shot at the hands of those who are supposed to protect our community. The sad reality of our society is what my three beautiful daughters who I love with every inch of me will face these facts and have to worry (already do) about their father who is a black man and their 3 brothers who are young now, but will one day be black men in America.

Yes, this is a racial problem that started wayyyyyyyy before the last two murders and is happening every day regardless of whether it was videotaped or not. To conquer the hatred we must come together. Killing innocent cops is NOT the answer and there are good cops out there who believe in the oath they took to protect and serve. Each of them has a family and kids that love them and killing them only destroys more lives and makes things worse. 

We must join together to start supporting one another and creating positivity in the world and in our communities. It’s action time not sit back and look at social media all day feeling bad time. If you want things to change, then it’s on YOU. And ME. And every other person to take a stand for what’s right. Our country is about to go to war within its own borders and WE are the only one who can change that. Stop talking and start taking positive, intentional action. Go to a rally, but instead of creating a riot protest in peace. Start a black owned business. Support black owned businesses. Eat produce from black owned farms. Stop feeding the pockets of already rich CEOS by purchasing expensive shoes and purses and save your money to get off government assistance. Keep on saving and buy your family a home. Educate those around you and spread LOVE in your own communities. You are the light that your community and family needs. Do not dim your light, but shine brightly for them to see the love, strength, peace and knowledge that you bring to the table to support them on their journeys. 

I repeat…I will not silence my voice on issues I believe in just because it makes people uncomfortable. I love everyone and pray for each of you even those who disagree with me. 

YOU are enough. PERIOD. Stand in your power to positively affect change in the world and have a blessed day. 💖💖💖

We demand JUSTICE for #PhilandoCastile! 

According to NPR.org…

After five days of deliberations, a jury has found a Minnesota police officer not guilty of all counts in his deadly shooting of a black man during a traffic stop last July in Falcon Heights, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn.

That black man was 32 year old cafeteria worker, Philando Castile, who was driving home with his girlfriend and 4 year old daughter when police Officer Jeronimo Yanez pulled them over. 

“Seventy-four seconds after Yanez activated his squad lights, he fired the last of seven shots into the car,” Minnesota Public Radio’s Matt Sepic reported.

Castile’s Girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds went live on Facebook during the deadly shooting. Clips from the video are below. Beware because it is gruesome. 

“The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all,” Valerie Castile, Philando’s mother, told reporters after the verdict. “My son loved this city and this city killed my son and the murderer gets away. … I’m mad as hell right now.”

Many are outraged at this outright injustice, including myself. When is enough, enough? This is not even close to the first time a police officer has killed a black person and got off with no repercussions and no justice. 

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#PhilandoCastile = No Conviction

#SandraBland = No Conviction

#EricGarner = No Conviction

#MikeBrown = No Conviction

#TamirRice = No Conviction

#FreddieGray = No Conviction

#AmadouDiallo = No Conviction

#TrayvonMartin = No Conviction

#JohnCrawford III = No Convocation 

And (!!!) this is a partial list. Now, talk to me about how All Lives Matter. I’ll wait.

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The above list was shared on Facebook and is only the shortlist of black people killed by police officers in recent years. It is a damn shame that this is happening over and over and the police officers 👮 are getting off.

I posted this tweet earlier this evening and I believe it with all my might. Had Philando been white, we wouldn’t be talking about this right now because he would have made it out of the car alive. 

I truly believe Philando was murdered. Point. Blank. Period. Someone please tell me what he did to be shot in front of his girlfriend and her young daughter? Comply? Be polite? Tell the officer upfront he had a gun? 

And where the hell is the NRA in all of this. No comments, not a peep from them…Go figure! 


Many others also took to Twitter to share their disgust about the jury’s decision to acquit Yanez of the murder of Philando Castile and the system of oppression that allows for this repeated injustice. Here are just a few of the reactions: 

Currently, on the evening of the jury’s decision, Many people are marching in memory of #PhilandoCastile and for justice in Minnesota.

People need to speak up and stand up against injustice all the time, not just when it’s a trending hashtag. Justice must be demanded and we must not back down. 

Moving forward, what are your thoughts on how we can handle/prevent racial injustice from happening? Any ideas on how we can come together to make a change in the future? Comment below. 

It’s in our hands now because the justice system is broken and one-sided. 

Authenticity Shines in Today’s Social Media Driven Society

One thing I have learned about today’s social media driven and crazed society is that AUTHENTICITY stands out more than anything. People have uber amounts of choices when it comes to who they follow, engage with, and purchase products and/or services from. While social media has given everyone the opportunity to connect with others around the world like no other time in history and become an expert on any and every topic imaginable, it also has flooded the online marketplace making it harder to stand out among your competitors. 

In a time in history where you can connect with an audience with the press of a button, what makes you stand out from the crowd is you engaging regularly being uniquely YOU!

As a Digital Media & Visibility Specialist, I have seen and assisted many brands in showing up and growing their engagement across social media platforms and one of the MISTAKES that I see often is canned content. Yep, I said it. Content that is too impersonal, not shareworthy and doesn’t show the person or company’s personality. People want a personal connection with those they follow. They want to feel like they know you to a degree and resonate with you as a human…not just a brand, service or product. 

Why do you think so many top entrepreneurs and businesses are now utilizing Facebook Live and Periscope to chit-chat with their audience? Many times the broadcasts have little to do with the service or product they sell but more about them, what’s going on in their life and behind the scenes footage of a project they are working on. 

It’s fun. It’s interesting. It builds a trust and connection between them and their audience. 



Here are my Top 3 Ways to Authentically Show Up and Engage with Your Audience

1) Be clear on who YOU are. 

It’s kind of hard to show up in the world authentically if you aren’t even sure who you are. 

If you have a hard time with being clear on who you are, then I suggest you take sometime to talk to yourself intimately and you can start by asking yourself these questions:

  • What are you passionate about?
  • What do you enjoy? 
  • What are you most grateful for in your life? 
  • What are the most important things in your life? 
  • What are your values? 
  • How would you describe yourself? 

Keep a journal of your thoughts and feelings focusing on the most powerful question, “Who Am I?”

2. People connect with your struggles and flaws.

Perfection is highly overrated in today’s world. As I browsed through my Facebook Newsfeed earlier today, I pondered on what drew me to certain people that I follow over others. I, like many (I would almost bet you to be able to say MOST) people, follow people who aren’t afraid to admit their flaws and struggles and don’t put up a persona that they are perfect. Vulnerability helps people connect to you on a whole other level. 

Plus, honestly it is just plain too darn hard to keep up with trying to be someone that you’re not all the time. It’s easier to just be yourself from the jump. 

3. Use the power of video to your advantage. 

Video gives you the opportunity to show up as you are to you audience at anytime on any day. Share your experiences, the good and the bad. But also be sure to not make your videos a pitty party of everything going wrong in your life or a drawn out sales pitch either. Connect your story to your message. 

What experiences in your life can you connect to the topic of your video? Don’t try to be someone your not by showing up as who you think your audience wants you to be. Be genuine. 

For years people tried to tell me to change my accent because it’s too southern and would say that the only people who make it out of New Orleans (where I’m from) are rappers…which is so not true. If I had of listened, I would have put out a message that I don’t value myself just as I am and as you may already know, I am all about self love and knowing that you are SIMPLY BEAUTIFUL without any apologies. 

See this is why it is KEY to know who you are FIRST and show up just as you are whether it’s online, in video or in person! 💋

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I Jumped — And got the girls bunnies and got peed on in the process!

Bunny 3Sooo, although I love animal pictures, watching animals from afar and even chill-axing with some animals for a minute or so, I haven’t really (besides our dog Buddy and that little turtle named Cupid) had many pets recently.

Last week, I was in an UBER good mood as I headed out to Phoenyx’s 4H Fun Day where we got to hold and pet a slew of different animals and welp, you may have guess it already but I fell in love with the bunnies. So cute. So cuddly. So well behaved. Yep, let gets one. No, lets get two. And in that moment, we added two baby rabbits to our family. After my good mood wore of, I started second-guessing my decision to get two, but it was too late. I had already paid for them and was to pick them up a week from that day (yesterday made a week) when they were ready for their new home.

We went and got them from a wonderful young lady who started raising bunnies as a 4HBunny 5project when she herself was in the program during school. We got one black one and named her Leylee (my nickname growing up) and a gray girl that we named Niomi. Well, once all three girls got home and started playing with them, I realized I had done something horribly wrong.

I had TWO bunnies and three girls, so one would always be left out. After contemplating it and my aunt saying something about it as well, we went and got another baby black bunny and named her Evie. Three bunnies for my three princesses.

After we picked up the third bunny, my Awe got kind of spoiled when all three bunnies decided to start pooping at the same time. Three girls yelling, “Help, what do we do?” at the same time. Poopy pellots were shooting out everywhere in the car. On the seats. On the floor. On their laps. Umm….Yikes. I didn’t have a solution, but to throw something under them quick. As I turned the corners to get home, the poopy pellots were rolling around everywhere in the car and just when we though the bunnies had nothing left inside of them, it started shooting out  again.

Call me naive. Call me uneducated on the bunny digestive system, but it was a little bit of a shock to me. I ran to the local pet store to get food and hay for them, but was now like maybe I should have asked them “Do they make bunny diapers??”  LOL Needless to say, the princesses are so happy to have their new friends and just in time to enjoy then on Easter (their one month birthday).

Ohh and how did I get peed on? Well, I had Leylee ( Amiyah’s Bunny) on my lap after I just took a bath and put on my brand new nightgown with coffee cups on it. Leylee was running around the couch and jumped on my belly and I felt something warm and wet and I froze. Wait one second…Did this bunny just pee all over my new gown? I stripped naked in the living room, got cleaned up and needless to say, the bunnies were put up for the night.

This is going to be an interesting journey…Stay tuned for more!

{Interview} The Total Tutor Neil Haley interviews Fearless Poet/Visionary Mompreneur/Activist Ashley Love. 04/07/2017

Total Education Network Syndicated 120 Plus Stations 2.5 Million Listeners a week including #iHeartRadio.

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{Interview} Conversations Live w/ Cyrus Webb 03/22/2017

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Host Cyrus Webb welcomes author and entrepreneur Ashley Love to #ConversationsLIVE to discuss how she has been able to share her gifts with the world and helped guide others to do the same.

Stay connected with Ashley at http://www.iamashleyalove.com.