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News From Around the Web: June 26 Edition

June 26th, 2012

In today’s top news, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Arizona’s immigration law, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence after being treated from exhaustion and George Zimmerman makes another attempt at being released from jail.

The U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of Arizona’s immigration law and ruled against life sentences without parole for juveniles convicted of murder. [BET]

Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is taking a medical leave of absence after being treated from exhaustion. [ChicagoTribune]

George Zimmerman makes another attempt at being released from jail. [NYT]

Another violent weekend in Chicago leaves four people dead and others wounded. [ChicagoTribune]

Amber Rose says she is giving up her singing career to start a family with husband Wiz Khalifa. [BET]

Former music exec Jimmy Henchman was indicted for conspiring to kill an associate of rapper 50 Cent. [BET]

A U.S. general says African militant groups have begun training together and sharing resources. [Reuters]

Hundreds are feared dead after deadly landslides hit eastern Uganda. [AFP]

Rodney King’s adult children are soliciting public donations for his burial fund. [TMZ]

Study: Blacks less likely to receive kidney donations. [CNN]

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News From Around the Web: May 11 Edition

May 11th, 2012

In today’s top news, FAMU’s band director has stepped down amid the hazing death controversy, Mitt Romney says he’s “fine” with gay couples adopting children and the U.S. Department of Justice is suing an Arizona sheriff for racial profiling and discrimination against Latinos.

FAMU’s band director has stepped down amid hazing controversy. [CNN]

Mitt Romney says he’s “fine” with gay couples adopting children. [National Journal]

U.S. Department of Justice is suing an Arizona sheriff for racial profiling and discrimination against Latinos. [Reuters]

A Black female U.S. Army pioneer says she was mistreated because of her gender. [NYT]

A Florida teacher faces dismissal after disciplining students with a dog collar. [AP]

Kanye West raps about marrying Kim Kardashian. [BET]

Chris Brown and Rihanna feud over lyrics of new song. [BET]

Study shows Black boys at risk for self-harm. [WBLT]

Egypt holds its first televised presidential debate. [MSNBC]

A Nelson Mandela inspired fashion line will debut in the U.S. soon. [BET]

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News From Around the Web: April 26 Edition

April 26th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Liberian leader Charles Taylor has been convicted of war crimes and the Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward support of Arizona’s immigration law.

Former Liberian leader Charles Taylor has been convicted of war crimes. [BET]

The Supreme Court appears to be leaning toward support of Arizona’s immigration law. [Reuters]

Chrysler posts its biggest profit since 1998. [CNN]

College students protested student loan debt on “Trillion Dollar Day.” [Reuters]

Doctors warn American Idol winner Ruben Studdard to lose weight. [BET]

Star Jones wants to organize high-profile Black women against Basketball Wives. [S2S]

Wacka Flocka Flame declares he’ll never work with Wiz Khalifa. [BET]

Many Africans living abroad are returning home amid struggling western economies. [CNN]

The offices of a major Nigerian newspaper were hit by bombs. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: April 23 Edition

April 23rd, 2012

In today’s top news, George Zimmerman is released on bail, trial begins in Maryland for two white brothers accused of beating a Black teen and trial also begins today for William Balfour, the accused murderer of Jennifer Hudson’s family.

George Zimmerman, shooter of Trayvon Martin, is released on bail at midnight Sunday. [BET]

Trial begins in Maryland for two white brothers accused of beating a Black teen while patrolling an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. [AP]

Trial also begins today for William Balfour, the accused murderer of Jennifer Hudson’s family. [AP]

The Supreme Court prepares to take a look into the validity of Arizona’s controversial immigration law. [ABC]

Issac Farris, nephew of Martin Luther King Jr., will step down from his post as head of the SCLC. [AJC]

Think Like a Man took the number one spot at the box office this weekend. [NYT]

Suge Knight suggests Tupac might still be alive. [BET]

Nicki Minaj said a voice in her head instructed her to shut down her Twitter account. [BET]

Two Kenyan runners dominated this weekend’s London Marathon. [CNN]

Sudanese war planes reportedly bombing South Sudanese border towns in fresh attacks. [CNN]

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News from Around the Web: April 13 Edition

April 13th, 2012

In today’s top news, President Obama says Kanye West is still a “Jackass,” Newark mayor Cory Booker saves a neighbor from a burning house and the National Rifle Association meets for its annual meeting amid pressure over gun laws.

President Obama says Kanye West is still a “Jackass.” [BET]

Newark mayor Cory Booker saves neighbor from burning house. [BET]

The National Rifle Association meets for its annual meeting amid pressure over gun laws. [NYT]

Three people were killed in an Ohio Cracker Barrel restaurant after shots rang out during a domestic dispute. [AP]

California’s Supreme Court ruled that employers no longer have to ensure lunch breaks for workers. [AP]

Arizona governor signs law banning most late-term abortions. [Reuters]

Rapper Diggy says he is one of the last “real MCs.” [BET]

The legendary Howard Theater reopens its doors. [BET]

U.N. peacekeepers stand ready to enforce Syria ceasefire. [AJE]

U.N. demands immediate end to Sudan oil conflict. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: March 15 Edition

March 15th, 2012

In today’s top news, former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today, Kony 2012 screenings are halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage and Memphis will finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.

Former Chicago governor Rod Blagojevich begins his 14-year prison sentence today. [BET]

Kony 2012 screenings halted in Northern Uganda after residents express outrage. [BBC]

Memphis to finally name a street after Martin Luther King Jr. 40 years after his death.  [CNN]

The White House is turning its attention to foreign-policy matters this week. [BET]

President Obama says it is not yet time to intervene in Syria. [AJE]

A new book from food justice activist Bryant Terry says that Black people can enjoy vegan food too. [BET]

Study shows that a lack of sleep may cause heavier eating. [WebMD]

Taliban suspends peace talks with the U.S. [Reuters]

Shocking, new anti-smoking campaign sets out to de-glamorize the addictive habit. [Reuters]

Arizona is on pace to have its busiest year for executions. [AP]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 29

February 29th, 2012

In today’s top news, Google’s privacy policy is set to change tomorrow, March 1, Mitt Romney wins primary elections in Michigan and Arizona, and Ohio will prosecute school shooting suspect T.J. Lane as an adult.

Google’s privacy policy is set to change March 1. [BET]

Mitt Romney wins primaries in Michigan and Arizona. [MSNBC]

Ohio to prosecute school shooting suspect as an adult. [ABC]

Slaves who built the U.S. Capitol were honored by lawmakers. [LATimes]

Stroke deaths down in African-American children with sickle cell. [BET]

Autism not diagnosed as early in minority children. [AP]

Wendy Williams tells Chris Brown and Rihanna to back off romantic revival. [BET]

Pentagon admits it dumped 9/11 remains in a landfill. [MSNBC]

Syrian army continues assaults on civilians as the U.N. prepares a humanitarian resolution. [Reuters]

Uganda attracts $3 billion in oil investment. [EastAfrican]

Iran now accepting gold for oil in light of E.U. sanctions. [BBC]

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News From Around the Web: Feb. 6 Edition

February 6th, 2012

In today’s top news, rapper M.I.A. gives the Super Bowl the finger, a Soul Train flash mob takes over Times Square and a Brown University student uncovers a lost Malcolm X speech.

M.I.A. flips middle finger at halftime Super Bowl show. [BET]

Soul Train flash mob takes over Times Square. [BET]

Brown U. student finds lost Malcolm X speech. [Sun Herald.com]

Talib Kweli talks to BET.com about The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975. [BET]

The Schomburg Center gears up for Black History Month. [BET]

Arizona lawmaker proposes “White Appreciation Day.” [CBS5]

Report: Increasing risk of STD transmission among adults over 50. [DailyMail]

Mos Def returns to the big screen. [BET]

3,200 slave identities uncovered in Virginia. [CNN]

Bishop Eddie Long apologizes to Jewish group over “king” ceremony using the Torah. [CNN]

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Alpha Phi Alpha Boycotts Arizona

May 4th, 2010

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Alpha Phi Alpha President Herman “Skip” Mason

Alpha Phi Alpha, the oldest Black collegiate fraternity, is boycotting Arizona.

Good for the men of A Phi A. At a time when too many organizations pick convenience and self-interest over politics,  moral values and the common good, its refreshing to see the men of Alpha take a stand that is consistent with the organization’s beliefs.

Alpha Phi Alpha’s board announced that it’s moving its annual convention, scheduled for July, from Phoenix to Las Vegas in protest of Arizona’s  controversial new immigration law. (No shabby venue switch, there) About 10,000 Alphas are expected to attend.

“Our national Board of Directors voted unanimously to rescind the location of Phoenix, Arizona as our meeting location of the 104th Anniversary/90th General Convention in July, and to denounce the egregious immigration act signed recently by the governor of Arizona.,” said Herman “Skip” Mason, the fraternity’s national general president.

Anyone who has helped to plan a large conference or attended one knows that it is no small task to change the location of a convention of that scale at the 11th hour; so hats off to the Alphas.

The Alphas are putting their dollars where their mouths are, and this is admirable whether  you oppose or support the legislation.

Alpha Phi Alpha was founded in 1906 at Cornell University and boasts a broad, active and influential membership base of about 185,000 men who make up some 680 chapters across the United States and in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean.

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Black Arizonians Split on State’s New Immigration Law

April 28th, 2010

The Grio.com video report above highlights a split among Black Arizonians about the state’s controversial new immigration law.

Many African Americans in the state feel no organic connection to the issue. Others share many of the same concerns about rising crime, the loss of jobs and dwindling wages that fire up many non-Blacks who strongly support the law.

Phoenix pastor Warren Stewart, featured in the video below, says he typically gets choruses of “Amens” when he preaches, but when he brings up immigration reform, “There’s kind of a hush, not like the ‘amen’ [you get] when you talk about racism or police brutality.”

Stewart, who opposes the new law, hopes to excite more African American concern and involvement on the issue.

Wilbert Nelson, President of the NAACP in Arizona, stresses the importance for groups across racial lines to support each other and build coalitions. “When we were struggling for the King Holiday,we weren’t the only ones out fighting,” reminds Nelson. “We could not have done it without the cooperation and support of others who didn’t exactly look like us.

Do you support or oppose Arizona’s new immigration law? Comment below.

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