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News From Around the Web: Aug. 21 Edition

August 21st, 2012

In today’s top news, Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide, President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape and the New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida.

Chavis Carter’s final autopsy report rules his death a suicide. [CBS]

President Obama blasts Rep. Tod Akin’s comments about pregnancy and rape. [BET]

The New Black Panther Party is protesting the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida. [BET]

Diggy Simmons gets original movie pilot. [BET]

Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi dies at age 57. [CSM]

A number of new voter ID laws are tied to conservative group ALEC. [News 21]

Illinois’ governor has authorized a tax on strip clubs that will benefit rape crisis centers. [GMA]

An Afghani insurgent rocket hit the plane of U.S. Army chief Gen. Martin Dempsey. [BBC]

Tuskegee Airman George Hickman dies at age 88. [BET]

A federal appeals court ruled that Alabama public schools may not check the immigration status of new students. [AP]

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News You Should Know: Aug. 10

August 10th, 2012

In today’s top news, Claressa Shields wins the first ever gold for U.S. women’s Olympic boxing, Usain Bolt adds to his Olympic legend with a historic gold win in the 200m race and three U.S. troops are killed by a man in an Afghanistan military uniform.

Claressa Shields wins the first ever gold for U.S. women’s Olympic boxing. [ESPN]

Usain Bolt adds to his Olympic legend with a historic gold win in the 200m race. [AP]

Three U.S. troops are killed by a man in an Afghanistan military uniform. [CNN]

Gabby Douglas is eagerly recruited by Spelman College. [TMZ]

Kenya aims to become the first African nation to host the Olympics. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: May 2 Edition

May 2nd, 2012

In today’s top news, President Obama announces an “enduring partnership” between the U.S. and Afghanistan and Tyler Perry’s production studios in Atlanta catch fire.

President Obama announces an “enduring partnership” between the U.S. and Afghanistan. [BET]

Tyler Perry’s production studios in Atlanta catch fire. [CNN]

George Zimmerman’s latest Myspace page is uncovered and reveals disparaging comments about Mexicans. [Miami Herald]

Samuel L. Jackson talks to BET.com about his latest role in Django Unchained. [BET]

Nicki Minaj announces U.S. tour dates. [BET]

African-Americans are taking on the scourge of sex trafficking in Black communities. [UPI]

At least 11 protesters in Cairo, Egypt were killed by an unknown assailant. [BBC]

Women in Ghana are being trained as pilots and health care workers to deliver health materials to isolated communities. [RFI]

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News from Around the Web: April 18 Edition

April 18th, 2012

In today’s top news, three Texas white supremacists are found guilty of hate crimes for assaulting a Black man, photos surfaced showing U.S. troops posing next to mangled body parts of Afghan corpses and the first lady speaks out on the death of Trayvon Martin.

Three Texas white supremacists are found guilty of hate crimes for assaulting a Black man. [BET]

U.S. troops posed smiling next to mangled body parts of Afghan corpses. [L.A. Times]

The first lady speaks out on the death of Trayvon Martin. [AP]

Michelle Obama shows off her prom picture. [BET]

Witness at Senate hearing says “End Racial Profiling Act” offends police. [BET]

Thousands housed in trailers after Hurricane Katrina may receive payments. [Reuters]

Fans are suing reality show The Bachelor for its failure to cast people of color. [NYDN]

Diddy, Jay-Z top Forbes’s list of the five wealthiest hip hop artists. [Forbes]

An abducted Texas newborn is found alive and safe after woman kills his mother. [MSNBC]

Gulf seafood deformities post-BP oil spill baffle scientists. [AJE]

Mali picks Microsoft official as interim prime minister. [AJE]

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News From Around the Web: March 26 Edition

March 26th, 2012

In today’s top news, BET News to air an exclusive Trayvon Martin special tonight, the New Black Panther Party offers $10K for capture of Trayvon’s killer, George Zimmerman, and the Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.

BET to air exclusive Trayvon Martin news special. [BET]

New Black Panther Party offers $10K for capture of Trayvon Martin shooter George Zimmerman. [Chicago Tribune]

Supreme Court begins three days of hearings on challenges to the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. [NYT]

Some church leaders and members wore hoodies this Sunday in honor of Trayvon Martin. [Yahoo]

IRS to garnish rapper Nas’s wages. [BET]

Legendary soul singer Bobby Womack has been hospitalized for pneumonia. [BET]

Wife of Afghan massacre suspect Robert Bales says “he would not do that.” [CNN]

McDonald’s, Taco Bell, Wendy’s eaters among the most unhealthy fast food customers. [MSNBC]

Oil is discovered in Kenya. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: March 20 Edition

March 20th, 2012

In today’s top news, the federal government has decided to launch an investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin, new, negative details emerge about Robert Bales, the staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians, and Beyoncé is planning her first post-baby concert in Atlantic City.

The federal government has decided to launch an investigation into the death of Trayvon Martin. [BET]

New, negative details emerge about Robert Bales, the staff sergeant accused of massacring Afghan civilians. [ABC]

Beyoncé is planning for her first post-baby concert in Atlantic City. [BET]

Jaleel White to join Dancing With the Stars. [BET]

Nicki Minaj to become the face of a new Pepsi beverage. [Forbes]

Study shows “meth babies” have similar behavior to “crack babies.” [AP]

Black Chicago fire recruits from 1995 finally join the department. [Sun-Times]

Rick Santorum tells a crowd the unemployment rate “doesn’t matter” to him. [NBC]

Report: States do a poor job of guarding against corruption. [CNN]

Senegalese superstar Youssou Ndour launches his presidential campaign. [AFP]

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News From Around the Web: March 16 Edition

March 16th, 2012

In today’s top news, a new study stresses the importance of mobilizing Black voters, more Black families are turning to home schooling and Afghan president Hamid Karzai calls for U.S. troops to leave the country’s villages.

A new study stresses the importance of mobilizing Black voters. [BET]

More Black families are turning to home schooling. [BBC]

Afghan president Hamid Karzai calls for U.S. troops to leave the country’s villages. [MSNBC]

Carol’s Daughter is planning to launch an online destination dedicated to natural hair. [BET]

Death investigation of Florida teen Trayvon Martin has been sent to the State Attorney’s Office. [BET]

Survey shows three out of ten adults aged 25 to 34 are living at home with parents. [TODAY]

Study links cadmium and other estrogen-like pollutants to higher rates of breast cancer. [LATimes]

Mississippi college band yells racial remark at a Latino basketball player during a game. [CNN]

Houston mother to be reunited with her son who was kidnapped eight years ago. [AP]

Uganda gay group sues U.S. evangelical minister for allegedly sowing hatred. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: March 13 Edition

March 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, CNN lifts its suspension of Roland Martin over offensive remarks, Black churches vow to register one million voters on Easter Sunday and a new study links red meat to premature death from diabetes, heart disease and cancer.

CNN lifts suspension of Roland Martin over offensive remarks. [Newsbusters]

Black churches vow to register one million voters on Easter Sunday. [ChristianPost]

Study links red meat to premature death from diabetes, heart disease and cancer. [FOX]

Michelle Obama will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London. [AP]

Oprah gives her long-time beau Stedman some face time on the cover of O magazine. [BET]

Poll of Republican voters in Alabama and Mississippi show most believe Obama is Muslim. [NYDN]

Record rainfall soaks Southern Louisiana. [CNN]

Analysts say foreign policy will determine whether Obama remains in office next term. [AP]

Afghans attack delegation visiting site of massacre. [BBC]

Marketing agency makes homeless people wi-fi hotspots; offering Internet for donations. [NYT]

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Conservative Columnists Call for Michael Steele’s Resignation

July 2nd, 2010

 

It’s no secret. Michael Steele says the darnedest things.

It’s not the first, nor is it the second or third time the Republican National Committee Chairman has said something completely outrageous or untoward.

He’s outraged Democrats with his comments as he has Republicans.

But this time his remarks at a GOP fundraiser about the war in Afghanistan are angering some Republicans to the point that two prominent conservative columnists – William Kristol, founder of the Weekly Standard,  and grassroots blogger-activist Erick Erickson –  are calling for his resignation

Steele said America’s war effort  in Afghanistan is doomed.

“Keep in mind again, for our federal candidates, this was a war of Obama’s choosing,” Steele incorrectly mouthed, yet with conviction. “This is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in. It was the president who was trying to be cute by half by flipping a script demonizing Iraq, while saying the battle really should be in Afghanistan. ”

“Well, if he’s such a student of history, has he not understood that, you know, that’s the one thing you don’t do, is engage in a land war in Afghanistan?,” he went on. “All right, because everyone who has tried, over a thousand years of history, has failed. And there are reasons for that. There are other ways to engage in Afghanistan.”

Steele’s words forced Kristol to defend Obama.

“Needless to say, the war in Afghanistan was not ‘a war of Obama’s choosing.’ It has been prosecuted by the United States under Presidents Bush and Obama. Republicans have consistently supported the effort, he wrote. There are, of course, those who think we should pull out of Afghanistan, and they’re certainly entitled to make their case. But one of them shouldn’t be the chairman of the Republican Party.”

Erickson, who blogs at Redstate.com went a little further.

“The war in Afghanistan is not a war of Barack Obama’s choosing. It is a war of Al Qaeda and the Taliban’s choosing,” he wrote. “We responded. Michael Steele must resign. He has lost all moral authority to lead the GOP.”

Steele doesn’t even have his facts straight.

Should he be forced to resign?

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CENTRIC, BET.com to Air Obama Afghanistan Speech Live

November 30th, 2009

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What perhaps may be the defining moment of Barack Obama’s presidency will be aired live on Centric and BET.com.

BET host Jeff Johnson along with BET.com political blogger Pamela Gentry will bring you live coverage from the U.S Military Academy at West Point as the President lays out his strategy to win the conflict in Afghanistan during a primetime speech beginning at 8:00pm Tuesday.

BET viewers can either watch the speech on CENTRIC or follow a live stream on BET.com.

What are your thoughts on Afghanistan? Should American troops pull out? Do you believe in the mission? Do you have a family member or friend fighting in Afghanistan? Share your thoughts here.

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