July 31st, 2012
In today’s top news, Michael Phelps might make Olympic history again, Obama asks Bill Clinton to make a case for his re-election and a recently signed NFL player commits suicide.
NFL player O.J. Murdock kills himself in front of his former high school, police say. [CNN]
Obama asks Bill Clinton to make a case for his re-election at the Democratic National Convention. [BET]
Michael Phelps might make Olympic history again tonight. [AP]
Another Olympian is expelled from the games for a racist tweet. [WaPo]
China’s 16-year-old Olympian swimming champ denies dope allegations. [CNN]
Iranian president takes a jab at Mitt Romney’s controversial Israel trip. [AP]
A blackout leaves 600 million residents without power in India. [NPR]
Islamist occupiers stone an unwed couple to death in Mali. [Al Jazeera]
Rumor has it that Apple will announce the next iPhone and “mini iPad” this September. [NBCNews]
July 25th, 2012
In today’s top news, The Jeffersons actor Sherman Hemsley has died at 74, Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones tweets about sweating out her hair, and the Jackson family feud escalates.
Michael Jackson’s siblings are barred from their mother’s house as the family feud escalates. [BET]
Olympic hurdler Lolo Jones’ tweets about sweating out her hair sparks familiar discussion on Black women, hair and fitness. [ESPNW]
The Jeffersons actor Sherman Hemsley has died at 74. [BET]
Study shows that Black teens are most likely to use contraceptives, but still “need to do a lot more.” [AP]
Former President Bill Clinton eulogizes Sylvia Woods at the soul-food queen’s funeral. [AP]
Ghana President Atta Mills has died only days after celebrating his 68th birthday. [BET]
Christian Bale from The Dark Knight Rises paid a surprise visit to victims of the Colorado shooting. [CNN]
Dallas Cowboys player Dez Bryant and his mother deny any family violence but plan to attend counseling. [ESPN]
At least 35 dead and several missing in central Nigeria floods. [ALJ]
April 30th, 2012
In today’s top news, Beyoncé dispels surrogacy rumors, President Obama shouts out Young Jeezy at the latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner and Brian McKnight receives offers to perform his X-rated R&B satire ballad.
Beyoncé dispels surrogacy rumors. [BET]
President Obama shouts out Young Jeezy at the latest White House Correspondents’ Dinner. [Billboard]
Brian McKnight receives offers to perform his X-rated R&B satire ballad. [BET]
Ellen show DJ Tony Okungbowa makes his silver screen debut. [BET]
Bill Clinton and President Obama campaign together on the economy. [Reuters]
A Gallup poll shows that Americans expect to work longer, retire. [TODAY]
New study shows overweight teens may have harder time controlling diabetes. [CTV]
A mother’s stress level during pregnancy may cause iron deficiency in newborns. [HealthDay]
Sudan president declares state of emergency along South Sudan border. [CNN]
Uganda claims Sudanese government supports Joseph Kony. [New Vision]
April 3rd, 2012
In today’s top news, five people are dead after a shooting at an Oakland university, new evidence is revealed in the Trayvon Martin case and a California appeals court holds up the state’s affirmative action ban for university admissions.
Five dead in Oakland university shooting. [BET]
New evidence revealed in Trayvon Martin case. [CNN]
California appeals court holds up the state’s affirmative action ban for university admissions. [Reuters]
President Bill Clinton hopes the Trayvon Martin tragedy will cause people to re-think “Stand Your Ground” law. [ABC]
Kentucky wins NCAA championship and celebratory riot leaves at least one person shot. [ABC]
Hunger Games tops $250 million at the box office. [BET]
Obesity rate may be underestimated. [CNN]
Michelle Obama to take part in The Biggest Loser. [BET]
Co-founder of largest Black bank dies. [Chicago Sun-Times]
U.S. joins $100 million aid pledge for Syria. [Democracy Now]
U.N. chief says world should be happy, not just rich. [MSNBC]
July 10th, 2009
If former President Bill Clinton is inducted into Phi Beta Sigma, as has been widely reported, he would become the first ex-commander in chief to become a member of the historically Black Greek-lettered fraternity. Read more.
June 22nd, 2009
Former President Bill Clinton, who was blasted by Black leaders for his campaign tactics during his wife’s run against Barack Obama, is back to the kind of talk that made him a star in the Black community. On Saturday, during Major League Baseball’s Beacon Awards Luncheon in Cincinnati, Clinton said that racial equality in America is still a long way off – despite the election of Obama as president. Read more.
May 19th, 2009
Former President Bill Clinton, continuing his longstanding role as an advocate to Haiti, will now serve as the special envoy to the tiny impoverished island nation. The official announcement is expected today, United Nations insider said Monday. Clinton has traveled repeatedly to Haiti, most recently two months ago with wife/Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Ban Ki Moon, the general-secretary of U.N. Haiti may be the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere, but after years of bloody revolution and political strife, there is relative governmental stability and slight economic growth. Arizona,” Harrison points out.
January 8th, 2009
President-elect Barack Obama pulled together the four living U.S. presidents Wednesday to pose for a photograph that is sure to be classic. “I just want to thank the president for hosting us,” the president-elect said. “All the gentlemen here understand both the pressures and possibilities of this office,” Obama said. “For me to have the opportunity to get advice, good counsel and fellowship with these individuals is extraordinary.” But while President George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. Bush and Jimmy Carter came together in the Oval Office for the historic picture, it is unlikely that any of the former commanders in chief could possibly prepare Obama for the daunting task that lies ahead. That’s because Obama is facing a bigger challenge than any incoming president in recent memory: The nation is mired in recession; is still engaged in two wars; and is battling record unemployment. In addition, he takes over following eight years of divisive inter-party politics and the ever-present reality of lingering racial strife. The good news, though, is that his predecessors seemed more than willing to stand by his side through the tough times. “One message that I have and I think we all share is that we want you to succeed. Whether we’re Democrat or Republican we care deeply about this country,” George W. Bush said. “All of us who have served in this office understand that the office itself transcends the individual. We wish you all the very best, and so does the country.”
September 27th, 2008
Blogger Paul Slansky’s had harsh words for President Bill Clinton. Read his words below:
Given that we would never have had the odious George W. Bush in the White House in the first place if it wasn’t for your blow jobs, Bill, it seems obvious that you owe it to the people of this country, and especially to the parents whose kids died in the Iraq War that Gore would never have started, and to all the parents whose kids would be killed in the WarFest that would be a McCain/Palin — sorry, Palin/McCain — administration to do everything in your power to get Barack Obama elected. But that’s not what you’re doing, Bill, and it’s not going unnoticed. We see your rage, Bill, it’s too huge to hide. We see that — as Chris Rock so brilliantly pointed out — it pains you to even speak Obama’s name. We see you petulantly rooting against him even as you go through the motions of doing the barest minimum on his behalf to avoid being blamed if he loses. You’re not fooling anyone, Bill. You’ve gotten so caught up in yesterday that you’ve stopped thinking about tomorrow. You have the power to influence millions of voters and you’re spitefully sitting on it. Get the rest of the note here. Do you think he has a point about Clinton?